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jug·​gle ˈjə-gəl How to pronounce juggle (audio)
juggled; juggling ˈjə-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce juggle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to perform the tricks of a juggler
: to engage in manipulation especially in order to achieve a desired end

transitive verb

: to handle or deal with usually several things (such as obligations) at one time so as to satisfy often competing requirements
juggle the responsibilities of family life and full-time jobJane S. Gould
: to practice deceit or trickery on : beguile
: to manipulate or rearrange especially in order to achieve a desired end
juggle an account to hide a loss
: to toss in the manner of a juggler
: to hold or balance precariously


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: an act or instance of juggling:
: a trick of magic
: a show of manual dexterity
: an act of manipulation especially to achieve a desired end

Example Sentences

Verb He is learning to juggle. He juggled four balls at once. She somehow manages to juggle a dozen tasks at once. It can be hard to juggle family responsibilities and the demands of a full-time job. I'll have to juggle my schedule a bit to get this all to work out. Noun a temporary suspension of the gas tax was just a crowd-pleasing juggle that was not a long-term solution to the energy problem See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Tamera Mowry-Housley has a lot to juggle as a working mom during the holiday season. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 23 Dec. 2022 Diners have schedules to juggle, babysitters to hire and celebrations to plan around, all of which factor into the demand for reservations. Dallas News, 5 Dec. 2022 Not only are there different sides of the family to juggle and running around buying presents for everyone on your list, there is often an endless array of (often fun, but time-consuming) holiday activities to be a part of. Leah Hall, Country Living, 30 Nov. 2022 That’s a lot to juggle, and CIOs dealing with this situation are probably feeling less than optimized. Lisa Wolfe, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 The formulaic plot tries to juggle too many storylines, but Lathan's assured direction lets Gray shine in the film's most rousing moments. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 This show follows the life of Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum who tries to juggle school, work, family and friends. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2022 In this week’s episode, Juliette is hesitant about rekindling things with Sam being that her friends are vehemently against it while Brandon tries to juggle caring for his son while trying to advance his career and explore a new relationship. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2022 Monáe had to juggle an array of roles in her head, sometimes portraying the real Cassandra, sometimes the real Helen, and sometimes Helen pretending to be Cassandra. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 5 Jan. 2023
In fact, the collective global experience of working from home might have made the juggle even worse for women. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2023 Paxton Smith knows this juggle well and has taken a step back from social media and advocacy, in part due to backlash within her movement. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Kids would also have to meet two separate deductibles and juggle rules for both their primary plan through their employer and the secondary plan through their parents. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2022 Check out these tools that’ll lead to mastering the art of the juggle. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 9 Oct. 2022 There's a whole population of people who are familiar with that juggle—and the fear of missing a beat. Beth Trejo, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Now, unvaccinated children who are exposed to COVID-19 often have to stay home from school or day care for days, meaning parents must also stay home from work or juggle work with caring for young children, who often need near-constant attention. Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 Being a mama is a learning curve and the juggle with work can be intense, especially as a women and artist. Vogue, 8 May 2022 For the first time since 2019, the last pre-COVID-19 season in Major League Soccer when the league and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ran parallel to one another, FC Cincinnati has juggle competitions on multiple fronts. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English jogelen, from Anglo-French jugler, from Latin joculari to jest, joke, from joculus, diminutive of jocus joke

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of juggle was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Juggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggle. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


juggled; juggling
: to keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time
: to do several things at the same time
juggling three jobs
: make changes to (something) in order to achieve a desired result
had to juggle my schedule

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