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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Baltimore, Maryland resident Carolyn Turgeon, 47, who somehow manages to juggle writing novels and non-fiction books while editing Enchanted Living tells me she's discovered silence, and a strange measure of solitude, at the local pool. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "I Don’t Need Meditation Apps. I Need Real, Genuine Solitude.," 14 Jan. 2019 The Google Home Hub completely transformed my makeup routine by eliminating the need to juggle everything at once. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Google's Home Hub Completely Transformed My Makeup Routine," 4 Dec. 2018 Serhant shares practical guidance on how to juggle multiple deals at once and close all of them EVERY. SINGLE. Fox News, "Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine," 19 Sep. 2018 In #Riverdale 313, Archie steps back into the ring, Alice goes deeper with the Farm, Jughead visits the Heart of Darkness, and Veronica juggles dueling villains... Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Archie Really Die On "Riverdale"'s Mid-Season Premiere?," 17 Jan. 2019 Per The Hollywood Reporter, the plan was for Jerrika to juggle both Toast and Grey’s Anatomy, with a reduced role on the latter. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Jerrika Hinton? Meet the Star of Hallmark's ‘A Majestic Christmas'," 2 Dec. 2018 The game featured a unique setup where human adventurers were paired with sentient, humanoid weapons known as blades, resulting in a combat system that required juggling lots of different characters and variables. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Nintendo’s new Xenoblade expansion eases players into the daunting world of RPGs," 21 Sep. 2018 Popularly known as DJ Switch, Erica Tandoh started deejaying at nine years old and juggles her budding career with school, dance and playing the trumpet. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Maxine Waters Calls For The Public To ‘Push Back’ On Trump Administration," 25 June 2018 To say the movie is juggling a lot of ideas is an understatement. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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

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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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