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

Definition of balanced

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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]


Definition of balanced (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of balance entry 1

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Synonyms & Antonyms for balanced

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of balanced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Included here: galleries on the U.S. propaganda campaign; discrimination in the armed services; women in the workforce; and the Victory Cook Book, with tips on planning balanced meals under food rationing. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "National World War II Museum in New Orleans tells an emotional, heart-wrenching tale," 9 Feb. 2020 But children in the study were fed balanced meals that included fats, thus demonstrating only that Golden Rice worked in children who did not need it. Dominic Glover, The Conversation, "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it," 7 Feb. 2020 Despite what appears to be a carb-heavy menu centered on dumplings and noodle dishes, the food stays light, thanks to crunchy, fresh vegetables and balanced flavors throughout. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "I Picked Up My Life and Moved Just to Be Closer to This Brooklyn Dumpling Spot," 7 Feb. 2020 Caldwell wondered whether the merger would help make the company more balanced globally. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler workers to get profit sharing of $7,280," 6 Feb. 2020 Keep them moist, and fertilize them monthly with a complete and balanced granular fertilizer. Neil Sperry,, "How to achieve daylily success with seeds," 6 Feb. 2020 Parents balanced babies on their laps and took notes. TheWeek, "Fearing detention, undocumented immigrants seek ways to appoint guardians for their children," 2 Feb. 2020 Ankle injuries and an ASU system that lends itself to balanced scoring are factors in Ryan not scoring more throughout her career. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU women's basketball senior guard Robbi Ryan: Master of the mid-range game," 30 Jan. 2020 Unlike the last two seasons, featuring road-heavy starts, the 2020 campaign will begin in the friendly confines of Providence Park thanks to a more balanced schedule than years past. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers media day notes: Jaroslaw Niezgoda transfer nearly complete, team looking to add 1 to 2 more attacking players," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Balanced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of balanced

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


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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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