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juggle

verb jug·gle \ ˈjə-gəl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of juggle

juggled; juggling play \ˈjə-g(ə-)liŋ\
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
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

Examples of juggle in a Sentence

  1. He is learning to juggle.

  2. He juggled four balls at once.

  3. She somehow manages to juggle a dozen tasks at once.

  4. It can be hard to juggle family responsibilities and the demands of a full-time job.

  5. I'll have to juggle my schedule a bit to get this all to work out.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

noun

Definition of juggle

: 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

  1. 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 of juggle from the Web

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First Known Use of juggle

1664


JUGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

juggle

verb

Definition of juggle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JUGGLE Defined for Kids

juggle

verb jug·gle \ ˈjə-gəl \

Definition of juggle for Students

juggled; juggling
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.

juggler

\ˈjəg-lər\ noun


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