jug·​gle | \ ˈjə-gəl How to pronounce juggle (audio) \
juggled; juggling\ ˈjə-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce juggle (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 Other schools are understaffed, forcing teachers to juggle multiple people’s jobs. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The hardest thing is learning how to juggle moving forward and creating pockets of your own life that are different, while also bringing their memories and their hobbies and their people with you. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Some of these folks include parents who needed to render child care and couldn’t juggle a job too. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 That discretion may be the best way to juggle conflicting priorities, but does little to assuage investor concerns that its dual identity may eventually become untenable. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 If the answer is yes, McCarthy and the coaching staff should juggle the offensive line in Week 2 to accommodate Martin’s move to right tackle. David Moore, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 Counselors took call after call from parents in tears, just trying to juggle it all. Time, 2 Sep. 2021 Both women juggle full-time jobs in addition to raising children, hosting their podcast and doing advocacy work. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 The pandemic has led to stress over job losses and changes in daily routines, as people work from home and juggle extra demands of helping school-aged children with remote learning. Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watching her juggle very not-normal teen problems with school and study dates created a world that, though heightened, allowed a young woman's vulnerabilities to co-exist with her strength. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 The juggle of work and life became unbalanced for many as schools were shuttered, yet many businesses continued. Jennifer Palmer, Forbes, 16 June 2021 This comes as the Biden administration has called on Congress to approve billions of dollars to help ease the juggle between work and family. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 25 May 2021 Yet the crowds are coming during what’s a complex juggle of balancing the region’s economic recovery with the threat of COVID-19 and as national news shows paint Florida as a superspreader state. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Mar. 2021 Wrenn said probably no image of Affleck in one of their shirts was seen more than his juggle outside of his Los Angeles home, an image that became the perfect encapsulation of a tumultuous and exhausting year. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2021 That's one hell of a design juggle—one that truly deserves to be experienced in the hardware ecosystem it was built around. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2020 Ruhle’s ever-present juggle between parenting her three kids and working her busy schedule has often left her feeling stretched thin. NBC News, 24 Nov. 2020 Exactly how current or future games leverage that high-bandwidth chunk of cache, particularly with measures like tile-based or deferred rendering in a game's juggle of GPU and CPU resources, remains unclear. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 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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“Juggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggle. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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