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

Definition of balanced

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: 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 Aiming for balanced trade merely means considering the contexts in which tariffs can be part of the solution alongside other approaches. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "End the Tariff Taboo," 25 Jan. 2021 Examples from the '90s and 2000s wormed their way into that part of our brain that holds our fondest memories—the taste of grandma's meatloaf, a trip to Disney, a beautifully balanced car on a great road—and stuck there. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 BMW 430i xDrive Deserves a Better Chassis," 22 Jan. 2021 LaVine, who has established himself as Chicago's main scoring option, continued his strong and balanced play with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 123-110 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Steve Reed, Star Tribune, "LaVine continues strong play, leads Bulls past Hornets," 22 Jan. 2021 Coming up with balanced, nutritious menus on the fly can be tough. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, "8 Small, Practical Ways to Eat Less Meat," 22 Jan. 2021 Damion Rosser led a balanced effort by the Privateers with 15 points and 11 rebounds. G Smith,, "UNO men's hoops runs past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for third win in a row," 20 Jan. 2021 Springer now anchors a balanced lineup that’s capable of terrifying the American League with Springer, Brantley, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio for the foreseeable future. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "George Springer gives Blue Jays hope – and one of MLB's best lineups – for years to come," 20 Jan. 2021 Add a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer to the area according to package directions. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Watermelon Plants," 20 Jan. 2021 More balanced takes on these themes can be found on television, where long-form storytelling makes ample room for nuance. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "Rape-Revenge Tales: Cathartic? Maybe. Incomplete? Definitely.," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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6 Feb 2021

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“Balanced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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