Juggle Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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jug·​gle ˈjə-gəl juggled ; juggling ˈjə-g(ə-)liŋ

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 2 a : 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 3 a : to toss in the manner of a juggler b : to hold or balance precariously


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: 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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Example Sentences

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 See More Recent Examples on the Web Verb Portland Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, after two huge trades sent five players elsewhere, is having to juggle his lineups game to game and that will continue Wednesday night against the visiting LA Lakers. oregonlive , 9 Feb. 2022 Having to juggle multiple goals can be even more challenging. Michael Luca, WSJ , 3 Jan. 2022 These types of tools require less maneuvering than trying to juggle a separate dryer and a brush. Angela Trakoshis, Allure , 12 Oct. 2022 Gutierrez Reed complained that she was stretched too thin, trying to juggle the demands as armorer in the gun-heavy production and that of assistant prop master. Meg James, Los Angeles Times , 15 Aug. 2022 Many didn’t have small children and a spouse who also was trying to juggle work around life. Deborah Lovich, Forbes , 8 June 2022 His reputation at the two companies was that of a consummate and professional salesman, able to juggle the relatively modest budgets of each company with their bold ambitions. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter , 27 Sep. 2022 Remote workers are better able to juggle the competing demands of work and child- and eldercare. Jason Wingard, Forbes , 4 June 2022 Erin watched as her sister was able to juggle the pandemic, home life, and her husband's political career. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer , 10 Nov. 2021 Noun Kids would also have to meet two separate deductibles and juggle rules for both their primary plan through their employer and the secondary plan through their parents. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune , 4 Oct. 2022 Check out these tools that’ll lead to mastering the art of the juggle . Jasmine Browley, Essence , 9 Oct. 2022 There's a whole population of people who are familiar with that juggle —and the fear of missing a beat. Beth Trejo, Forbes , 4 Aug. 2022 Now, unvaccinated children who are exposed to COVID-19 often have to stay home from school or day care for days, meaning parents must also stay home from work or juggle work with caring for young children, who often need near-constant attention. Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune , 15 June 2022 Being a mama is a learning curve and the juggle with work can be intense, especially as a women and artist. Vogue , 8 May 2022 For the first time since 2019, the last pre-COVID-19 season in Major League Soccer when the league and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ran parallel to one another, FC Cincinnati has juggle competitions on multiple fronts. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer , 14 Apr. 2022 Pacific Northwest clowning performers include Portland favorite Leapin’ Louie and juggle master Rhys Thomas. oregonlive , 16 Feb. 2022 This could set companies up for a potentially tricky juggle between regional and global markets at a time when working practices worldwide have been transformed by the pandemic. Time , 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler The first known use of juggle was in the 15th century See more words from the same century

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Kids Definition



jug·​gle ˈjəg-əl juggled ; juggling -(ə-)liŋ 1 : to keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time 2 : to do several things at the same time juggling three jobs 3 : make changes to (something) in order to achieve a desired result had to juggle my schedule juggler -(ə-)lər noun

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