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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According to the Daily Mail, 20,000 British women were compensated £2,600 (about $3,390) each by German company TUV Rheinland after receiving faulty breast implants due to a type of silicone intended for mattresses. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Over 5,000 British Women Are Being Accused of Lying About Getting Defunct Breast Implants," 1 Oct. 2018 To compensate, the pancreas creates even more insulin to try to overcome the resistance. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?," 10 Sep. 2018 NRMA Insurance is pressuring the Brisbane Broncos to make forward Matthew Lodge compensate victims of a 2015 assault as part of his comeback. Bloomberg.com, "Sponsors Are Sick of Australian Sports Stars Behaving Badly," 12 Apr. 2018 At the time, players were compensated at a rate of a thousand dollars per month during the season, and not at all during the off season, though they were still expected to train. Elizabeth Logan, Teen Vogue, "The U.S. Women's Hockey Team Won Olympic Gold for the First Time Since 1998," 22 Feb. 2018 Swift has always put on a master class in how to stage a show, and for this tour she's compensated for the size of her venues with a spectacular video component that made the entire night feel like one long music video on a really big television. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Taylor Swift goes big with her bad reputation at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium," 1 July 2018 According to corporate financial filings, McClellan has been compensated with more than $1 million in cash and stock awards since taking that post. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "Top Policy Expert’s Ties To Giant Drugmaker Often Go Unstated," 29 June 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated a program by which Israeli farmers whose agricultural lands were destroyed by terrorists would be compensated with money Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority . Jewish Journal, "Firefighters battle kite flames imperiling Israeli highway," 5 June 2018 Plus, they are compensated by some strikingly original plots involving trans life. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "From FX’s Ryan Murphy, a striking ‘Pose’," 30 May 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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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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