Definition of compensate
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 needleb : to neutralize the effect of (variations)
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.
compensatorplay \ˈkäm-pən-ˌsā-tər, -ˌpen-\ noun
compensatoryplay \kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of compensate from the Web
Huge efforts are underway now to make sure as many countries as possible hold the line and compensate for America’s withdrawal by redoubling their efforts.
Insurers, health care providers and regulators are working furiously behind the scenes to hash out some details about that law, including how much out-of-network providers should be compensated for their services.
Each artist will receive a $750 stipend to help with supplies and compensate for their time, according to Chuck Wike, community relations manager for the city’s Library, Arts and Culture Department.
Lux, then, puts Lyft on a level playing field with Uber in the high-end market, and allows the company to better compensate its drivers who own expensive cars.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors issued a statement Monday that said the proposed growth rates in the Senate bill are insufficient and unworkable and no amount of flexibility would compensate for what reductions may occur.
A federal bankruptcy judge approved a $200 million settlement in 2015 that would compensate NECC’s creditors — including the victims.
The automaker issued a statement Friday that outlines its defense against claims that Honda should compensate car owners because the use of Takata air bags caused their vehicles to lose value.
His superintendent decided to motivate him by changing how he was compensated.
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Synonym Discussion of compensate
COMPENSATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of compensate for Students
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.
Medical Definition of compensate
Legal Definition of compensate
: 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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