balance out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of balance out

1 : to make (a different or opposite thing) less powerful, noticeable, etc. : to compensate for
  • Serve black coffee to help balance out the sweetness of the dessert.
  • His quickness will balance out the other fighter's greater strength.
2 : to be or become equal or even
  • The good times and the bad times balanced out

Word by Word Definitions

balance play
  1. : physical equilibrium

  2. : the ability to retain one's balance

  3. : stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis

  1. : to poise or arrange in or as if in balance

  2. : to bring into harmony or proportion

  3. : to bring to a state or position of balance (see 1balance 2)

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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