: to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to
compensate the victims for their loss
: to provide with means of counteracting variation
compensate a magnetic needle
: to neutralize the effect of (variations)
: to supply an equivalent —used with for
… compensate for his feelings of loneliness by assertions of superiority.—W. H. Auden
: to offset an error, defect, or undesired effect
his enthusiasm compensates for his lack of skill
: to undergo or engage in psychological or physiological compensation
His aggression was an attempt to compensate for inherent passivity.
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.
Recent Examples on the Web And those who are discussing settlements for wetland damage or building new ones to compensate for losses might back out, said Alpert, the Boston attorney. —John Flesher, Fortune, 26 May 2023 Squeeze your abs and obliques to keep your shoulders and hips from shifting to compensate for the movement; maintain the lower body tension by continuing to squeeze your glutes. —Men's Health, 26 May 2023 And those who are discussing settlements for wetland damage or building new ones to compensate for losses might back out, said Mr. Alpert, the Boston attorney. —John Flesher And Michael Phillis, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 May 2023 These highly curved lenses also suffer from all sorts of aberrations, so camera-module manufacturers use multiple lenses to compensate, adding to the camera’s bulk. —IEEE Spectrum, 21 May 2023 This is a big ask off the layoff but 6-to-1 compensates us. —Ed Derosa, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2023 How writers are compensated as TV seasons get shorter and shorter is an issue at hand The age of television, where networks were previously giving television series' 22 episodes a season has changed, according to entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel. —Matthew Fuhrman, ABC News, 2 May 2023 That being said, there are other factors that may compensate for low levels of buoyant energy. —Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2023 Synthetic biology scientists who perform these duties are not compensated better or granted more autonomy than their managers. —Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 See More
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