compensate

verb
com·pen·sate | \ ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt , -ˌpen- \
compensated; compensating

Definition of compensate 

transitive verb

1 : to be equivalent to : counterbalance Her virtues compensate her faults.

2 : to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to compensate the victims for their loss

3a : to provide with means of counteracting variation compensate a magnetic needle

b : to neutralize the effect of (variations)

intransitive verb

1 : to supply an equivalent used with for compensate for his feelings of loneliness by assertions of superiority. —W. H. Auden

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 His aggression was an attempt to compensate for inherent passivity.

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Other words from compensate

compensative \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsā-tiv, -ˌpen-; kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə- \ adjective
compensator \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsā-tər, -ˌpen- \ noun
compensatory \kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for compensate

pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred. paid their bills compensate implies a making up for services rendered. an attorney well compensated for her services remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for. promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law. all creditors will be satisfied in full reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit. reimbursed employees for expenses indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare. indemnified the families of the dead miners repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount. repay a favor with a favor recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward. passengers were recompensed for the delay

Examples of compensate in a Sentence

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.
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Yet this boost doesn’t come close to compensating for the $2 billion lost during the two hours of the game itself — to say nothing of the blow to productive work if France lost in an upset. Fortune, "The World Cup Is a Productivity Killer. Managers Should Embrace the Tourney to Meet Their—Ahem—Goals," 15 June 2018 Terry Thieme bristled at the idea that compensating aldermen more is a step toward better government. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha's common council isn't so sure is smaller is better when it comes to number of aldermanic seats," 6 June 2018 The senator criticized the USOC for raking in money and paying exorbitant salaries without properly compensating athletes. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "5 takeaways from the U.S. Senate hearing about Larry Nassar," 5 June 2018 The numbers revealed significant differences between how people of color are compensated versus their white counterparts. Michael Harriot, The Root, "New Study and Anyone With a Brain: White People More Likely to Get Raises," 5 June 2018 Regulations also prevent the regional center from compensating staff for the long travel times needed to visit families in rural areas. Jocelyn Wiener, sacbee, "That early help you need for your child doesn't come soon enough," 29 May 2018 In 2014, the park began requiring permits for any group, regardless of size, that plans rim-to-rim or extended day hikes in the canyon and advertises to the public or compensates the organizer. Wes Judd, Outside Online, "Why Runners Are Obsessed With the Grand Canyon R2R2R," 24 May 2018 As pay for play continues to be one of college sports' greatest debates, Florida State coach Willie Taggart offered a unique take on how to compensate players. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU’s Willie Taggart supports pay for play — just after graduation," 15 May 2018 Oregon teachers have long been better compensated than most of their peers around the country. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Oregon teacher salaries average $62K, above U.S. average," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of compensate

1646, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for compensate

Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare, frequentative of compendere — see compendium

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The first known use of compensate was in 1646

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compensate

verb

English Language Learners 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.

compensate

verb
com·pen·sate | \ ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt \
compensated; compensating

Kids Definition of compensate

1 : to make up for The Captain … compensating for the tremor in his hands, slowly lifted his own cup … —Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

2 : to give money to make up for something The factory will compensate an injured worker.

compensate

verb
com·pen·sate | \ ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen- \
compensated; compensating

Medical Definition of compensate 

transitive verb

: to subject to or remedy by physiological compensation compensated hypertensive patients

intransitive verb

: to undergo, experience, or engage in psychological or physiological compensation his aggression was an attempt to compensate for inherent passivity

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compensate

transitive verb
com·pen·sate | \ ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen- \
compensated; compensating

Legal Definition of compensate 

: to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to compensate the victims for their injuries adequately compensated for her work

Other words from compensate

compensatory \kəm-ˈpen-sə-ˌtōr-ē \ adjective

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