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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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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juggernaut

juggins

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juggler

jugglery

jug-handled

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The first known use of juggle was in the 15th century

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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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