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



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


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.


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

The children juggling soccer balls are different children. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From ‘What We Think About When We Think About Soccer’," 5 July 2018 With Strickland on the disabled list for the foreseeable future, juggling the back end of the bullpen has gotten tricky for Bochy. Jerry Mcdonald, sacbee, "Giants can’t close out homestand with a win as Dyson blows save in the ninth," 28 June 2018 The politician who has seldom put her emotions on display in more than 12 years in office was photographed playing with children in Beirut in the midst of a political crisis, making faces, juggling balls or jokingly sticking out her tongue. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A tale of two photos: Trump and Merkel’s very different stances on immigration," 25 June 2018 While juggling these professional challenges, Marten has been hit with personal crises. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 2018 When asked how the company juggles bringing scooters to parts of town that lack bike lanes and other critical infrastructure, Scheer said that was something the company was aware of. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "E-scooters likely coming to Portland this summer, with no guarantee of future," 1 June 2018 For women from rural areas, those with disabilities or migrants juggling visa restrictions, the process becomes yet more complicated and costly, Stenson explained. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "'Irish abortions happen; they just don't happen on Irish soil'," 22 May 2018 New hires who are juggling student loans tend to want to learn how to balance their financial obligations — and don't typically skip saving in the 401(k) once they are signed up. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Job hunters need to ask potential employers about this job perk," 16 May 2018 Bacca instead spent a hard-scrabble youth juggling his love for soccer with odd jobs. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Like many working mothers in Italy, Francesca Roncetti constructed her life around a frantic, daily juggle that became more frenzied after her second child was born. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Women Could Decide Italy’s Election, but They Feel Invisible," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of juggle


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


1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juggle


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

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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


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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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