compensate

verb
com·​pen·​sate | \ ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt How to pronounce compensate (audio) , -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 forcompensate 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 How to pronounce compensative (audio) , -​ˌpen-​ ; kəm-​ˈpen(t)-​sə-​ How to pronounce compensative (audio) \ adjective
compensator \ ˈkäm-​pən-​ˌsā-​tər How to pronounce compensator (audio) , -​ˌpen-​ \ noun
compensatory \ kəm-​ˈpen(t)-​sə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce compensatory (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web It is added to compensate for the fact that aiming with a thumbstick is more difficult than with a mouse, a far more accurate tool. Ethan Davison, Washington Post, "Aim assist in the crosshairs," 16 Oct. 2020 Nintendo tries to compensate by adding more environmental effects and custom gates. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit': We take it for a test drive," 14 Oct. 2020 The tech giant and the Australian government have been sparring over a new media bill that would require the platform to compensate publishers for displaying their work. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Why earnings season could be the next big lift for stocks," 12 Oct. 2020 The four other public colleges in Utah saw some increases, but not enough to compensate for the drops, Woolstenhulme noted. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Half of Utah’s public colleges see lower enrollment, including major drop at Salt Lake Community College," 8 Oct. 2020 Its public launch on Wednesday comes as spirits prove resilient in the pandemic, partly because of a trend for home cocktail making that helped compensate for the impact of bar closures on distillers such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Bulls & Bullies," 7 Oct. 2020 Utilities will also be required to compensate customers up to $250 to pay for food or medicine that spoils due to an outage lasting longer than four days. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Connecticut Politics Week in Review: Lawmakers overwhelmingly back credits, rebates for utility customers after future storms," 2 Oct. 2020 Often the blame lies with the jet pilot who can approach a tanker too quickly or can get too close and not be able to compensate, Field said. Julie Watson, Star Tribune, "Marine pilot in collision praised for keeping crew safe," 30 Sep. 2020 The Lakers have managed to compensate for Bradley’s absence. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals Preview: Lakers (Expected) vs. Heat (Surprise!)," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for compensate

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The first known use of compensate was in 1646

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Compensate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compensate. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for compensate

compensate

verb
How to pronounce compensate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of compensate

somewhat formal
: 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 How to pronounce compensate (audio) \
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- How to pronounce compensate (audio) \
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- How to pronounce compensate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce compensatory (audio) \ adjective

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