1 [intransitive and transitive]
to be in or get into a steady position, without falling to one side or the other, or to put something into this position
balance something on something
She was balancing a plate of food on her knees.
He turned around, balancing awkwardly on one foot.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to be equal in importance, amount, value, or effect to something that has the opposite effect:
Job losses in manufacturing were balanced by job increases in the service sector.
just enough sugar to balance the acidity of the fruit
to consider the importance of one thing in relation to something else when you are making a decision
balance something against something
The courts must balance our liberty against the security of the nation.
if a government balances the budget, they make the amount of money that they spend equal to the amount of money available
to show that the amount of money a business has received is equal to the amount spent
balance outphrasal verb
Sometimes I look after the kids and sometimes John does - it all balances out.