bal|ance1 [ `bæləns ] noun ***
▸ 1 ability to stay upright
▸ 2 correct relationship
▸ 3 mental/emotional calm
▸ 4 money in bank
▸ 5 amount remaining
▸ 6 majority of information
▸ 7 for weighing things
1. ) uncount the ability to remain steady in an upright position:
An ear infection is affecting his balance.
a ) a position in which your body remains steady and upright:
lose your balance: He lost his balance and tipped backward in the chair.
keep your balance: She grabbed at him to keep her balance.
2. ) count or uncount a situation in which different aspects or features are treated equally or exist in the correct relationship to each other:
balance between: It can be hard to find the right balance between advising your children and controlling them.
balance of: A healthy diet is about getting the correct balance of a variety of foods.
strike a balance (=achieve a good balance): We want the classes to be both enjoyable and useful we're trying to strike the right balance.
upset/alter the balance: These creatures have upset the delicate ecological balance in the lake.
a ) singular a force, influence, or idea that is completely different from another but combines well with it:
balance to: His conservatism is the perfect balance to her outgoing personality.
3. ) uncount mental or emotional calm:
She quickly recovered her balance after the outburst.
4. ) count the amount of money you have in your bank account:
The current balance in your checking account is $1,182.
a ) singular the amount of money that you owe after paying part of the cost of something:
You pay a deposit now and the balance in 12 months.
5. ) singular the amount of something that remains after part has been used:
balance of: You can use the balance of the time to finish the assignment.
6. ) singular the majority of information, opinions, or facts:
The balance of public opinion was against the proposal.
tilt/shift the balance: The balance has shifted in favor of the president.
=> TIP 2
7. ) count a piece of equipment used for weighing things, consisting of a bar with a small dish at each end
be/hang in the balance
if something is in the balance, you do not know whether it will succeed or fail:
Jack's career is hanging in the balance while they consider what to do.
off balance
1. ) not steady or upright, for example because more weight is on one side:
That wheel is off balance.
throw/knock someone/something off balance: He kept pulling my arm, throwing me off balance.
2. ) surprised, upset, or confused by something:
throw/knock/catch someone off balance: I was thrown completely off balance by Anna's reply.
on balance
after considering all the relevant facts:
On balance, I think we made the right decision.
bal|ance 2 [ `bæləns ] verb **
1. ) intransitive to keep your body steady without falling over
a ) transitive to put something somewhere carefully so that it is steady and does not fall:
We all sat with plates balanced on our knees.
b ) intransitive to be steady in a position where it is possible to fall:
Jean went out, the tray balancing precariously in one hand.
2. ) transitive to create or preserve a good or correct balance between different features or aspects:
We have to balance the needs and tastes of all our customers.
balance something with/against something: There is a need to balance the demands of the workplace with those of family life.
Development has to be balanced against environmental concerns.
3. ) balance or balance out transitive to reduce the effect, strength, or amount of something, and as a result make it better: OFFSET:
The dark colors are balanced by the brightness of the walls.
balance the budget/books
1. ) to spend no more money than you receive
2. ) to do calculations to check or show that you have not spent more money than you have received
,balance `out phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
same as BALANCE 2 3:
The tangy fruit balances out the creaminess of the sauce.
Don't worry; it'll all balance out in the end.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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