: to be equivalent to : counterbalance
- Her virtues compensate her faults.
: 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.
\ˈkäm-pən-ˌsā-tiv, -ˌpen-; kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-\