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balance

noun uk   /ˈbæl.əns/ us  

balance noun (EQUAL STATE)

B2 [S or U] a state where things are of equal weight or force: The toddler wobbled and lost his balance (= started to fall sideways). She had to hold onto the railings to keep her balance (= to stop herself from falling). New tax measures are designed to redress the balance (= make the situation more equal) between rich and poor. We must strike a balance between reckless spending and penny-pinching (= try to have something between these two things).
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[U] The balance on a piece of electronic equipment for playing music is the particular mixture of different sounds, or the device that controls this. on balance B2 after thinking about all the different facts or opinions: I would say that, on balance, it hasn't been a bad year.

balance noun (WEIGHING MACHINE)

[C] a device used for weighing things, consisting of two dishes hanging on a bar that shows when the contents of both dishes weigh the same

balance noun (MONEY)

B2 [C usually singular] the amount of money you have in a bank account, or the amount of something that you have left after you have spent or used up the rest: Once we know how much money we'll need, let's spend the balance (= the amount left). The company's success is reflected in its healthy bank balance. [U] Indian English the money that is returned to someone who has paid for something that costs less than the amount that they gave
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balance

verb uk   /ˈbæl.əns/ us  
B2 [I or T] to be in a position where you will stand without falling to either side, or to put something in this position: The flamingos balanced gracefully on one leg. She balanced a huge pot effortlessly on her head and walked down to the river. B2 [T] to give several things equal amounts of importance, time, or money so that a situation is successful: I struggle to balance work and family commitments. [T] to arrange a system that relates to money so that the amount of money spent is not more than the amount received: Stringent measures were introduced so that the government could balance its budget/the economy. balance the books to make certain that the amount of money spent is not more than the amount of money received: If the business loses any more money, we won't be able to balance the books this year.
(Definition of balance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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