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balance verb

1 keep steady

ADV. carefully, precariously

PREP. on He balanced the glasses carefully on the tray.

2 compare two things; give them equal value

VERB + BALANCE have to, need to | seek to, try to The plan seeks to balance two important objectives. | manage to

PREP. against We have to balance the risks of the new strategy against the possible benefits. | with She tries to balance the needs of her children with those of her employer.