juggle

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verb

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

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 jobJane S. Gould
2
a
: 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
3
a
: to toss in the manner of a juggler
b
: to hold or balance precariously

juggle

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noun

: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Then came a familiar extra chain saw to juggle: a CEQA lawsuit. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 In the 640-square-foot apartment, L.J.’s mother, Ashley White, and her boyfriend, Brian Anderson, juggled the demands of three children including two born just about 10 months apart. Molly Parker, ProPublica, 5 June 2024
Noun
Same juggle as always: working, hanging with the kids, figuring out after-school activities. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic By Emma The term ‘mental load’ has been attributed to French author, Emma, in her collection of comics depicted the unpaid domestic and caring labor that disproportionally falls to women as the juggle the demands of family, work, and life. Melissa A. Wheeler, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for juggle 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

juggle

verb
jug·​gle
ˈjəg-əl
juggled; juggling
-(ə-)liŋ
1
: to keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time
2
: to do several things at the same time
juggling three jobs
3
: make changes to (something) in order to achieve a desired result
had to juggle my schedule
juggler
-(ə-)lər
noun

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