juggle

verb
jug·​gle | \ ˈjə-gəl \
juggled; juggling\ ˈjə-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before the 2017 agreement, many players had to juggle jobs and decide whether to stick with the sport or to give it up to pay the bills. Larry Lage, The Seattle Times, "USA Hockey’s deal with top women help them play for career," 24 Dec. 2018 In order to successfully juggle college and her newfound responsibilities representing the people of Barrington, Cassandra plans to take classes online through Southern New Hampshire University. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "19-Year-Old Election Winner Cassandra Levesque Is Ready to Shake Up New Hampshire's State Legislature, the Oldest in the Country," 5 Dec. 2018 Soffer says, somehow managing to juggle two other conversations on her phone. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 2018 Aside from styling that skewed insouciant and infinitely easy, the move kept hands free to juggle the unending menu of duties that come with being a busy mom. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Irina Shayk's New Mom Beauty Trick Is the Ultimate 5-Second Cheat," 8 Oct. 2018 Dynamic Local Mode does its best to juggle workloads without dropping anything important, Hallock continued. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper promises almost 50 percent more performance," 5 Oct. 2018 Sounds simple, but the brilliance of the mode comes in the details, which open up a whole wealth of strategic decisions for teams to juggle. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "Destiny 2: Forsaken review: Hallelujah, Destiny’s back," 19 Sep. 2018 Some introductory text or explanatory narration would have better helped historically ground viewers, who need to juggle a lot of information. Kimberly Reed, New York Times, "Review: Tracking ‘Dark Money’ in Montana Elections," 12 July 2018 From 11 to 2, a juggler will teach people how to juggle. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tosa's Ruckus and Glee is celebrating its third birthday with a Big Wheels race," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts dresses as a circus ringmaster and juggles, and he's joined by manager Joe Maddon and players at Bricks and Ivy gala Wednesday, April 18, 2019. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs raise $1.8 million at charity night ... led by ringmaster Tom Ricketts," 19 Apr. 2018 Watch a chef juggle, slice and dice veggies before tabletop grilling. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beyond Chicago: 5 other Illinois cities to visit during this bicentennial year," 13 Apr. 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 \
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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