Synonyms of balance
1 stabilizeDictionary • He balanced a football on his head.
stabilize • Officials hope the move will stabilize exchange rates.
level • He got two goals to level the score.
steady • He eased back the throttles to steady the ship.
2 offsetDictionary • Balance spicy dishes with mild ones.
offset • The increase in pay costs was more than offset by higher productivity.
make up for
counteract • pills to counteract high blood pressure
neutralize • antibodies that neutralize the toxic effects of soluble antigens
counterbalance • Add honey to counterbalance the acidity of the sauce.
equalize • Such measures are needed to equalize wage rates between countries.
3 weighDictionary • She carefully tried to balance religious sensitivities against democratic freedom.
weigh • We must weigh the pros and cons of each method.
consider • Consider how much you can afford to pay.
compare • Compare the two illustrations in Fig 60.
estimate • His personal riches were estimated at over £8 million.
contrast • She contrasted the situation then with the present crisis.
assess • The test was to assess aptitude rather than academic achievement.
evaluate • Trained nurses are required to evaluate the patients' individual needs.
4 calculateDictionary • He balanced his budget by rigid control over public expenditure. (accounting)
calculate • From this we can calculate the total mass in the galaxy.
rate • The film was rated excellent by 90 per cent of children.
judge • It is important to judge the weight of your washing load.
total • They haven't totalled the exact figures.
determine • The investigation will determine what really happened.
estimate • Officials estimate it will be two days before electricity is restored to the island.
count • I counted the money. It came to more than five hundred pounds.
reckon • The sale has been held up because the price is reckoned to be too high.
compute • I tried to compute the cash value of the ponies and horse boxes.
gauge • He gauged the wind at over thirty knots.
tally • When the final numbers are tallied, sales will probably have fallen.
1 equilibriumDictionary • The medicines you are currently taking could be affecting your balance.
equilibrium • For the economy to be in equilibrium, income must equal expenditure.
2 stabilityDictionary • the ecological balance of the forest
constancy • Climate reflects a basic struggle between constancy and change.
3 parityDictionary • her ability to maintain the political balance
parity • Women have yet to achieve wage parity with men in many fields.
equity • a system based on social justice and equity
fairness • concern about the fairness of the election campaign
impartiality • a justice system lacking impartiality
equality • They advocate the unconditional equality of incomes.
equivalence • the equivalence of science and rationalism
4 scales • an apothecary's balance
5 remainderDictionary • They were due to pay the balance on delivery.
remainder • He gulped down the remainder of his coffee.
rest • The rest is thrown away.
difference • They pledge to refund the difference within 48 hours.
residue • She loaded the residue of lunch onto a tray.
6 composureDictionary • a balance of mind
composure • Stopping briefly to regain her composure, she described her ordeal.
restraint • They behaved with more restraint than I'd expected.
self-control • I began to wish I'd shown more self-control.
poise • It took a moment for Mark to recover his poise.
coolness • They praised him for his coolness under pressure.
calmness • He faced his ordeal with admirable calmness.
equanimity • He faced his defeat with equanimity.
self-restraint • We've been exercising self-restraint in our resistance to occupation.
self-possession • She found her customary self-possession had deserted her.
strength of mind or will
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assessWhen you assess a person, thing, or situation, you consider them in order to make a judgment about them.
• The test was to assess aptitude rather than academic achievement.
size up (informal),
size up (informal),
calculateIf you calculate a number or amount, you discover it from information that you already have, by using arithmetic, mathematics, or a special machine.
• From this we can calculate the total mass in the galaxy.
• He faced his ordeal with admirable calmness.
Thesaurus for balance from the Collins English Thesaurus
a weighing device, generally consisting of a horizontal beam pivoted at its centre, from the ends of which two pans are suspended. The substance to be weighed is placed in one pan and known weights are placed in the other until the beam returns to th...
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