Thesaurus

balances

noun
plural of balance

Synonyms & Antonyms of balances

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a device for measuring weight
  • use a balance to make sure you get the amounts precisely correct

Synonyms for balances

Words Related to balances

2 a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective
  • the balance to the mountain of complaints are the many letters of praise that we also receive

Synonyms for balances

Words Related to balances

3 a remaining group or portion
  • and the balance of the contestants should stand in that last corner

Synonyms for balances

Words Related to balances

Near Antonyms for balances

balances

verb
present tense third-person singular of balance

Synonyms & Antonyms of balances (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make equal in amount, degree, or status
  • tried to balance the total amount of money spent on gifts for each child

Synonyms for balances

Words Related to balances

Near Antonyms for balances

2 to show uncertainty about the right course of action
  • his tendency to balance and waffle on certain hot-button issues may hurt him in the general election

Synonyms for balances

Words Related to balances

Near Antonyms for balances

Antonyms for balances

3 to give what is owed for
  • she had to balance her account with the hotel before checking out of her room

Synonyms for balances

Antonyms for balances

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about balances

Cite this Entry

“Balances.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/balances. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on balances

Nglish: Translation of balances for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of balances for Arabic Speakers

Comments on balances

What made you want to look up balances? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!