bal·​anced | \ ˈba-lən(t)st How to pronounce balanced (audio) \

Definition of balanced

: being in a state of balance : having different parts or elements properly or effectively arranged, proportioned, regulated, considered, etc. a balanced diet a balanced blend of ingredients balanced flavors a football team with a balanced offense providing a balanced solution a fair and balanced assessment trying to lead a more balanced life a balanced budget [=a budget in which total revenues equal or exceed total expenses]

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Germany is projected to have a balanced budget after last year’s surplus of €11.2 billion, its fifth annual surplus in a row. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "NATO Is Dying, but Don’t Blame Trump," 25 Mar. 2019 Wochit How to maintain a balanced academic and personal life? Stacy Sullivan, azcentral, "High school graduates of azcentral's media innovation camp imagine future of news," 3 July 2018 The 4-Step Program assists individuals in all stages of recovery by: (1) building and maintaining motivation (2) coping with urges (3) managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and (4) living a balanced life. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Summer Arts Festival this weekend in Lake Bluff," 11 June 2018 The new star of 'The Affair' talks staying confident, embracing a balanced life, and finding true happiness. Amy Spencer,, "Sanaa Lathan Talks Self-Care, Body Image, and That “Bizarre" Beyonce-Biting Rumor," 8 May 2018 This addiction recovery support group follows a four-point program that offers tools and techniques including building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and living a balanced life. Linda Mcintosh,, "Women's club helps families with kids in hospital...more community news," 12 Feb. 2018 The skin becomes balanced and glowing and clients tell me their pores feel smaller. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "The Beauty Pop-Ups to Know in New York Ahead of the Met Gala," 1 May 2019 Demand and supply in the U.S. logistics sector is looking more balanced every day. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Amazon China Powers Down; Balance in Warehousing; Shipbuilding on Idle," 18 Apr. 2019 Total Expert Score: 84/100 | Consumer Score: 77% give it 4 stars or higher This balanced compact is a smart upgrade from your smartphone cam. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of balanced

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balanced was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of balanced

: having good or equal amounts of all the necessary parts of something


bal·​anced | \ -ən(t)st How to pronounce balanced (audio) \

Medical Definition of balanced

1 : having the physiologically active elements mutually counteracting a balanced solution
2 of a diet or ration : furnishing all needed nutrients in the amount, form, and proportions needed to support healthy growth and productivity

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a strong desire or propensity

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