balance

1 noun
1 STEADY (U) a state in which all your weight is evenly spread so that you do not fall: You need a good sense of balance to ride a bicycle. | lose your balance (=be unable to stay steady and not fall): I lost my balance and fell on my face. | keep your balance (=manage to stay steady and not fall, especially when this is difficult)
2 EQUALITY (singular) a state in which opposite forces or influences have or are given equal importance
(+ between): the delicate balance between man and nature (+ of): a realistic balance of work and relaxation | strike a balance (=manage to balance opposing forces): We need to strike a balance between the needs of the community and the rights of the individual. -opposite imbalance
3 on balance if you think something on balance, you think it after considering all the facts: I think on balance I prefer the old system.
4 off balance
a) unable to stay steady or upright: I was still off balance when he hit me again.
b) surprised or confused: throw sb off balance: The abrupt question threw her off balance and she couldn't reply.
5 the balance of evidence/probability etc the most likely answer or result produced by opposing information, reasons etc: The balance of evidence suggests that at least some of the politicians received money.
6 FOR WEIGHING (C) an instrument for weighing things by seeing whether the amounts in two hanging pans are equal
7 BANK (C) the amount of money that you have in your bank account: Could you tell me what my balance is please?
8 THE REST (singular) the amount of something that remains after some has been used or spent
(+ of): I'd like to take the balance of my vacation in September.
9 OPPOSITE FORCE (singular) a force or influence on one side which equals an opposite force or influence: They work well together - her steadiness acts as a balance to his clever but impractical ideas.
10 be/hang in the balance if the future or success of something hangs in the balance, you cannot yet know whether the result will be bad or good: Meanwhile the fate of the refugees continues to hang in the balance.
11 tip/swing the balance to influence the result of an event: Your letter of recommendation swung the balance in his favour.
2 verb
1 KEEP STEADY (I, T) to get into a steady position, without falling to one side or the other, or to put something into this position: balance sth on: She balanced the cup on a huge pile of books.
(+ on): He turned around, balancing awkwardly on one foot.
2 BE EQUAL TO (I, T) to be equal to something else in weight, amount, or importance: Exports must go down to balance decreased imports.
3 GO WELL WITH (T) to have an opposite effect to something else, so that a good result is achieved: just enough sugar to balance the acidity of the fruit
4 KEEP STH EQUAL (T) to try to give equal importance to two things: a working mother, balancing home and career | balance sth with: She had learned to balance working efficiency with good human relationshps.
5 THINK ABOUT (T) to consider the importance of something in relation to the importance of something else: balance sth against: The courts must balance the liberty of the few against the security of the many.
6 balance the books/budget to show or make sure that the money that has been spent is equal to the money that is available

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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