jug·​gle | \ ˈjə-gəl How to pronounce juggle (audio) \
juggled; juggling\ ˈjə-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce juggle (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



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 In soccer practice, the boys were isolated to 6-foot spaces to juggle the ball alone, way too far to trade barbs with their teammates. Michele Bigley, Wired, "How Fantasy Soccer Keeps My Kids Connected and Happy," 20 Mar. 2021 Besides the struggle to keep tables six feet apart, Pesenti and her team juggle challenges with delivery services and plexiglass dividers (which everyone likes, so the restaurant will keep them after the pandemic). Los Angeles Times, "As San Francisco reopens, here’s what visitors will find," 19 Mar. 2021 Holmoe marked 16 years on the job as BYU’s athletic director on March 1, but the last year may arguably have been the hardest to juggle of his career. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU’s Tom Holmoe named NACDA Athletic Director of the Year," 10 Mar. 2021 How will leaders juggle all the existing balls in the air while taking on new ones and juggling them in a different way? Chuen Chuen Yeo, Forbes, "Build Back Better: How Leaders Can Build A Better, More Equal Future In An Agile Way," 26 Feb. 2021 Working from home and having to juggle a multitude of activities, ranging from home schooling children to carrying out household chores, meant that the number of transitions had multiplied, with resulting strains on the individuals concerned. Roger Trapp, Forbes, "Resilience Is The Key For Leaders In Professional Services Firms," 28 Feb. 2021 Clinton and Obama both managed to win reelection, but both, in their struggles to juggle these competing agendas, inadvertently strengthened the Republican position on both the federal and state levels. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, "Biden's challenge," 18 Feb. 2021 Of course, learning from home is challenging for caretakers trying to juggle work and younger kids who can’t seem to focus. Popular Science, "The risks of three back-to-school plans, ranked," 19 Aug. 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic drives millennials back home and forces families to juggle work and childcare, many households are turning to pizza for a quick, low-cost option, says Li, the Baruch college professor. Brooke Henderson, Fortune, "We’re eating a lot more pizza during the pandemic. Why Domino’s is getting the biggest slice of the pie," 12 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet the crowds are coming during what’s a complex juggle of balancing the region’s economic recovery with the threat of COVID-19 and as national news shows paint Florida as a superspreader state. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "At Disney World, spring break crowds are here, along with coronavirus fears, too," 20 Mar. 2021 Wrenn said probably no image of Affleck in one of their shirts was seen more than his juggle outside of his Los Angeles home, an image that became the perfect encapsulation of a tumultuous and exhausting year. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Ben Affleck’s Dunkin’ coffee ‘fumble’ — and other sightings — has been a boon for clothing company Sully’s Brand," 7 Jan. 2021 That's one hell of a design juggle—one that truly deserves to be experienced in the hardware ecosystem it was built around. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Ruhle’s ever-present juggle between parenting her three kids and working her busy schedule has often left her feeling stretched thin. NBC News, "'Focus on the small wins': How NBCU's on-air women are finding gratitude during a holiday season like no other," 24 Nov. 2020 Exactly how current or future games leverage that high-bandwidth chunk of cache, particularly with measures like tile-based or deferred rendering in a game's juggle of GPU and CPU resources, remains unclear. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800XT review: The 1440p GPU beasts you’ve been craving," 18 Nov. 2020 So that's the juggle that the Republicans have to think about. Alison Medley, Chron, "Trump eyes 'resurrection run' in 2024 as his support dwindles in battleground states," 6 Nov. 2020 An opportunity to change the narrative has made stepping in and out of film study for Rutgers a tolerable juggle. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: Tom Allen hopes media tour will sell recruits on Hoosiers," 29 Oct. 2020 Oklahoma and Kansas State juggle COVID uncertainty ahead of Saturday’s game. oregonlive, "Where is former Pac-12 commissioner Tom Hansen when we really need him? Issues & Answers," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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“Juggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggle. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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