compensate

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verb com·pen·sate \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen-\

Definition of compensate

compensated

compensating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be equivalent to :  counterbalance

  3. 2 :  to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to <compensate the victims for their loss>

  4. 3 a :  to provide with means of counteracting variation b :  to neutralize the effect of (variations)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to supply an equivalent —used with for

  7. 2 :  to offset an error, defect, or undesired effect <his enthusiasm compensates for his lack of skill>

  8. 3 :  to undergo or engage in psychological or physiological compensation

compensative

play \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsā-tiv, -ˌpen-; kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-\ adjective

compensator

play \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsā-tər, -ˌpen-\ noun

compensatory

play \kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of compensate in a sentence

  1. His enthusiasm compensates for his lack of skill.

  2. The price of the item has been reduced to compensate for a defect.

  3. compensate workers for their labor

  4. She was not compensated for the damage done to her car.

Origin and Etymology of compensate

Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare, frequentative of compendere


First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of 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, or 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>.

COMPENSATE Defined for English Language Learners

compensate

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verb com·pen·sate \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen-\

Definition of compensate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

compensate

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verb com·pen·sate \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\

Definition of compensate for Students

compensated

compensating

  1. 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. 2 :  to give money to make up for something <The factory will compensate an injured worker.>


Medical Dictionary

compensate

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verb com·pen·sate \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen-\

Medical Definition of compensate

compensated

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compensating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to subject to or remedy by physiological compensation <compensated hypertensive patients>

  3. intransitive verb

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


Law Dictionary

compensate

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transitive verb com·pen·sate \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen-\

Legal Definition of compensate

compensated

compensating

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

compensatory

\kəm-ˈpen-sə-ˌtōr-ē\ play adjective


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