Simple Definition of compensate
: to provide something good as a balance against something bad or undesirable : to make up for some defect or weakness
: to give money or something else of value to (someone) in return for something (such as work) or as payment for something lost, damaged, etc.
Full Definition of compensate
1 : to be equivalent to : counterbalance
2 : to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to <compensate the victims for their loss>
3 a : to provide with means of counteracting variation b : to neutralize the effect of (variations)
1 : to supply an equivalent —used with for
2 : to offset an error, defect, or undesired effect <his enthusiasm compensates for his lack of skill>
3 : to undergo or engage in psychological or physiological compensation
Examples of compensate
His enthusiasm compensates for his lack of skill.
The price of the item has been reduced to compensate for a defect.
compensate workers for their labor
She was not compensated for the damage done to her car.
Origin of compensate
Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare, frequentative of compendere
First Known Use: 1646
Synonym Discussion of compensate
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Medical Definition of compensate
: to subject to or remedy by physiological compensation <compensated hypertensive patients>
: to undergo or engage in psychic or physiological compensation <his aggression was an attempt to compensate for inherent passivity>
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