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"balance" in British English

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balancenoun

uk   us   /ˈbæl.əns/

balance noun (EQUAL STATE)

B2 [S or U] a ​state where things are of ​equalweight or ​force: The ​toddlerwobbled and lost his balance (= ​started to ​fallsideways). She had to ​hold onto the ​railings to keep her balance (= to ​stop herself from ​falling). New ​taxmeasures are ​designed to redress the balance (= make the ​situation more ​equal) between ​rich and ​poor. We must strike a balance betweenrecklessspending andpenny-pinching (= ​try to have something between these two things).
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[U] The balance on a ​piece of ​electronicequipment for ​playingmusic is the ​particularmixture 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 ​badyear.
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balance noun (WEIGHING MACHINE)

[C] (US also balance scale) a ​device used for ​weighing things, consisting of two ​disheshanging on a ​bar that ​shows when the ​contents of both ​dishesweigh the same

balance noun (MONEY)

B2 [C usually singular] the ​amount of ​money you have in a ​bankaccount, 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 ​amountleft). The company's ​success is ​reflected in ​itshealthy 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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balanceverb

uk   us   /ˈbæl.əns/
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 ​hugepoteffortlessly on her ​head and ​walked down to the ​river.B2 [T] to give several things ​equalamounts of ​importance, ​time, or ​money so that a ​situation is ​successful: I ​struggle to balance ​work and ​familycommitments. [T] to ​arrange a ​system that ​relates to ​money so that the ​amount of ​moneyspent is not more than the ​amountreceived: Stringent ​measures were ​introduced so that the ​government could balance ​itsbudget/theeconomy.balance the books to make ​certain that the ​amount of ​moneyspent is not more than the ​amount of ​moneyreceived: If the ​businessloses any more ​money, we won't be ​able to balance the ​books this ​year.
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(Definition of balance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"balance" in American English

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balancenoun

 us   /ˈbæl·əns/

balance noun (POSITION)

[U] the ​condition of someone or something in which ​itsweight is ​equallydivided so that it can ​stay in one ​position or be under ​control while ​moving: He ​jumped off the ​porch and ​lost his balance when he ​landed on the ​grass, ​falling to the ​ground. We’re ​teaching Sue how to ​ride a ​bike, but she’s still having ​troublekeeping her balance. The ​horsejumped the ​fence but ​landed off balance and ​fell. art [U] Balance in a ​work of ​artmeans that all the ​parts of it ​work together and no ​part is ​emphasized too much.

balance noun (OPPOSING FORCES)

[U] a ​situation in which two ​opposingforces have or are given the same ​power: He ​works toward a balance between extremes. As a ​journalist, you ​try to ​strike a balance between ​seriousreporting and the ​temptation to say ​clever things.

balance noun (AMOUNT)

[C usually sing] the ​amount of ​money you have in a ​bankaccount or an ​amount of ​moneyowed: a ​bank balance [C usually sing] A balance is also the ​amount of something that you have ​left after you have ​spent or used up the ​rest: We’ll go over ​yourhomework for the first ​halfhour and use the balance of the ​classperiod to ​prepare for the ​exam.

balanceverb

 us   /ˈbæl·əns/

balance verb (STAY IN POSITION)

[I/T] to make something ​stay in one ​position by having ​itsweightequallydivided: [T] He balanced the ​book on ​top of his ​coffeecup.

balance verb (MAKE THINGS EQUAL)

[T] to put ​opposingforces into a ​position in which neither ​controls the other: I had to balance the children’s ​needs against my own.
(Definition of balance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"balance" in Business English

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balancenoun

uk   us   /ˈbæləns/
[C, usually singular] BANKING the difference in the ​amount of ​money that has come into and gone out of a ​bankaccount in a particular ​period: Virtually all ​financialrecords - bank balances, ​mutualfund, and ​brokeragerecords - are ​held in ​electronicform. I ​checked my balance at the ​ATM.
[C, usually singular] ACCOUNTING the ​amount shown in a company's ​financialrecords that is the difference between the ​total credits and the ​total debits in a particular ​account: This balance is then ​transferred to the ​profit and ​lossaccount.
[C, usually singular] FINANCE the ​amount of ​money that you still ​owe after you have ​paid a ​part of the ​totalamount: Cut your ​outstanding mortgage balance and your monthly ​repayments will also come down.
[C] FINANCE the ​amount of ​money that you ​owe on a ​creditcardaccount: He is one of millions of ​people who does not ​pay off his creditcard balance every month.
[S] the remaining ​part of an ​amount: We ​ordered 200 ​copies; 50 to be ​delivered now and the balance next month.
[S or U] the ​state where things exist in ​equalamounts or are of ​equalimportance: They are looking for a better balance betweeninternetsecurity andease of use. You need to ​find a balance between the ​demands of ​work and those of your ​homelife.

balanceverb

uk   us   /ˈbæləns/
[T] ACCOUNTING to ​arrange a ​system of ​accounts so that the ​amount of ​moneyspent is no more than the ​amount received: The Conservatives initially balanced the ​books by ​sellingassets and ​cuttinghealth and ​educationspending.
[I] ACCOUNTING, BANKING if an ​account balances, the ​amounts of ​money on the credit and debitsides are ​equal: He had made some ​kind of ​computationerror and the ​account didn't balance.
[T] to ​spend only as much ​money as you have received, or ​planned to ​spend: The ​President is unlikely to balance the ​budget in this ​term of ​office, but he does hope to ​lower the ​deficit.
[I or T] (also balance (sth) out) to be ​equal in ​amount or ​value, or to make things ​equal in ​amount or ​value: They hoped that this month's good ​sales would balance out the ​poorsales in the previous month.
[T] to give two or more things ​equalamounts of ​importance, ​time, or ​money so that a ​situation is ​successful: I ​struggle to balance ​work and family ​commitments.
a balancing act a ​situation in which a ​persontries to give ​equalamounts of ​importance to two or more things so that a ​situation is ​successful: Outsourcing decisions are essentially a balancing ​act between the ​benefits of ​markets, ​lowerproductioncosts, and ​highertransactioncosts.
(Definition of balance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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