juggle

verb
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

juggle

noun

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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Now 22, Arredondo is juggling boxing with family life. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Henry Arredondo uses boxing to rise above," 20 June 2019 Singer juggled college duty with a job as head basketball and baseball coach at a high school half an hour away. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 To help meet its new targets, the state plans to erect massive offshore wind turbines, ramp up rooftop solar programs and install large new batteries to juggle all that renewable power. New York Times, "New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans," 18 June 2019 Multiple reports about investor concerns over AT&T’s WarnerMedia plan have come out over the last several months, as analysts worry about AT&T having too many balls to juggle. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot may sign an exclusive deal with AT&T’s WarnerMedia for $500 million," 17 June 2019 Turner in particular steps up to the plate to juggle childhood trauma, coming-of-age anger, and endearing vulnerability, all while making sense of her complicated past. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dark Phoenix isn’t an epic X-Men conclusion—but it’s a darned good teen flick," 7 June 2019 From brand ambassador to full-fledged design collaborator, Simone's new seven-piece collection with Caboodles is providing students, athletes, and just about anyone else with the tools to juggle multiple tasks with minimum stress. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Teams Up With Accessories Brand Caboodles to Help People Get Organized," 10 Oct. 2018 Whether this will ultimately require website designers to juggle another spec for browsers remains to be seen, in spite of Apple's promises. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated]," 3 June 2019 Bob Fosse famously mined his own experiences for All That Jazz, a movie about a director struggling to juggle a Broadway production and a feature film. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch All That Jazz, the Bob Fosse Movie Featured in the Fosse/Verdon Finale," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While mental illnesses can mean time away from the office (employees coping with depression miss approximately twice as many work days per year) and job performance issues, many women learn to master the juggle and thrive at work. Caitlin Flynn, Glamour, "How To Talk To Your Boss About Your Mental Health," 27 Mar. 2019 The Marvel Comics movie-rights juggle has lingered for years, thanks to Sony and Fox having a stake in a few major properties. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 Senator Tammy Duckworth carried her infant daughter onto the Senate floor in April, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought her child to the United Nationsin September—all proving the juggle is real but can be handled with class. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 At first, having two kids four years apart was a clumsy juggle — trying to give equitable, quality attention to both a baby and a preschooler. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Amy and Josh Baker of Lafayette Hill," 30 May 2018 Halsema will be taking the helm as the Dutch capital juggles the conflicting needs of locals and outsiders. Fortune, "Amsterdam Has Had a Mayor for Centuries. Femke Halsema Is About to Become Its First Female One," 28 June 2018 Halsema will be taking the helm as the Dutch capital juggles the conflicting needs of locals and outsiders. Joost Akkermans, BostonGlobe.com, "Amsterdam is about to get its first female mayor," 28 June 2018 Hers is the standard working-mom juggle, only supersized. Shannon Kelley, Vogue, "Aly Wagner Is the First-Ever Woman Announcing the World Cup for the U.S. Broadcast, And She’s Killing It," 28 June 2018 Thus, Anthem is in the precarious position of making promises about an engaging combination of combat, plot, and endgame progression—a juggle that the Destiny series has fumbled time and time again. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "EA at E3: BioWare confirms Anthem in Feb 2019, Madden returns to PC," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of juggle

Verb

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

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juggle

Verb

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

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More Definitions for juggle

juggle

verb

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

juggle

verb
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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