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

Definition of juggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1 : 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 job— Jane S. Gould
2a : to practice deceit or trickery on : beguile
b : to manipulate or rearrange especially in order to achieve a desired end juggle an account to hide a loss
3a : to toss in the manner of a juggler
b : to hold or balance precariously



Definition of juggle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of juggle in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Faculty with young or school-aged children — especially women — had to juggle teaching their students with overseeing their children’s distance learning from home. Jillian Kramer, New York Times, "The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?," 6 Oct. 2020 The pandemic has forced mothers and fathers to juggle careers with child care and remote schooling, but women often shoulder the brunt of those responsibilities. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Here’s How the Pandemic Is Affecting Women’s Careers," 5 Oct. 2020 Keeping it together Gladys Pope of the Cincinnati area had to juggle remote education for two children, one in high school and one home from college, and meanwhile keep herself occupied as a secretary at a closed elementary school. Anna Staver, The Enquirer, "Ohioans find ways to innovate during coronavirus confusion," 5 Oct. 2020 The New York Stock Exchange had to juggle two on the same day. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "This could be the worst day of job losses in aviation history," 1 Oct. 2020 My testing will be good news for anybody who likes the idea of a single, powerful Xbox that can juggle everything from Panzer Dragoon Orta to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X hands-on: The big back-compat dive begins [Updated]," 28 Sep. 2020 If the Fighting Irish are unable to resume preparations before then, the ACC might have to juggle the schedules a bit more. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Notre Dame game at Wake Forest called off due to COVID-19 health concerns," 23 Sep. 2020 Jade is forced to juggle single-parenthood while preparing for her beauty license exam. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Tuesday: Frontline’s ‘Growing Up Poor in America’," 8 Sep. 2020 Quantum computers would also speed up the analysis of optimisation problems, which try to find the best way to juggle many variables in order to maximise a particular outcome. The Economist, "Uncertainty principals Commercialising quantum computers," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oklahoma and Kansas State juggle COVID uncertainty ahead of Saturday’s game. oregonlive, "Where is former Pac-12 commissioner Tom Hansen when we really need him? Issues & Answers," 23 Sep. 2020 That's not so easy to pull off, as employers often aren't exactly enlightened about the caregiving juggle. Carla Fried Rate.com, Star Tribune, "Stopping work to care for elderly parents could cost you $800,000-plus," 29 Aug. 2020 Loading or unloading can be a bit of a juggle trying to hold it open while adding ice or food. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Soft Coolers for Keeping Food and Beer Cold," 23 June 2020 Opening the Midland Center for the Arts before August, however, wasn’t worth it with limited capacity due to the novel coronavirus and a juggle with repairs underway, said president and CEO Terri Trotter. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Historic flooding left part of Michigan history underwater," 22 June 2020 In that respect, even at its most unsatisfying, Part 2's juggle of plot, tension, and action handily surpasses the cheese of Z Nation and is absolutely on par with The Walking Dead's best seasons. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 Parents can no longer hide the messy realities of the work-family juggle. New York Times, "Three Things Lockdowns Have Exposed About Working and Parenting," 27 Apr. 2020 Hahn, 59, takes over as the FDA juggles vexing political and health issues, including the Trump administration’s still-unresolved response to a surge in underage vaping over the past two years. BostonGlobe.com, "Senate confirms Stephen Hahn, an oncologist, as FDA commissioner - The Boston Globe," 13 Dec. 2019 Child care has been a constant juggle: a combination of camps and nannies and day cares. Dani Blum, New York Times, "The Financial Impact of Parenthood," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of juggle


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


1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juggle


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

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

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24 Oct 2020

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“Juggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggle. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce juggle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of juggle

: to keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time by repeatedly throwing and catching them
: to do (several things) at the same time
: to make changes to (something) in order to achieve a desired result


jug·​gle | \ ˈjə-gəl How to pronounce juggle (audio) \
juggled; juggling

Kids Definition of juggle

1 : to keep several things moving in the air at the same time
2 : to work or do (several things) at the same time She juggles work and school.

Other Words from juggle

juggler \ ˈjəg-​lər \ noun

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