recompense


1rec·om·pense

verb \ˈre-kəm-ˌpen(t)s\

: to give something (such as money) to (someone) as a reward or as a payment for loss or suffering

rec·om·pensedrec·om·pens·ing

Full Definition of RECOMPENSE

transitive verb
1
a :  to give something to by way of compensation (as for a service rendered or damage incurred)
b :  to pay for
2
:  to return in kind :  requite

Examples of RECOMPENSE

  1. <the cash-strapped museum can recompense lecturers with only token honorariums>
  2. <that company still needs to recompense the work that the contractor finished last month>

Origin of RECOMPENSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French recompenser, from Late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- + compensare to compensate
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to RECOMPENSE

Synonyms
compensate, pay, remunerate
Antonyms
repudiate
See Synonym Discussion at pay

2recompense

noun

: something that is given to or done to thank or reward someone or to pay someone for loss or suffering

Full Definition of RECOMPENSE

:  an equivalent or a return for something done, suffered, or given :  compensation <offered in recompense for injuries>

Examples of RECOMPENSE

  1. He is asking for a just recompense for the work he's done.
  2. He received $10,000 in recompense for his injuries.

First Known Use of RECOMPENSE

15th century

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