recompense

verb
rec·​om·​pense | \ ˈre-kəm-ˌpen(t)s How to pronounce recompense (audio) \
recompensed; recompensing

Definition of recompense

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give something to by way of compensation (as for a service rendered or damage incurred)
b : to pay for
2 : to return in kind : requite

recompense

noun

Definition of recompense (Entry 2 of 2)

: an equivalent or a return for something done, suffered, or given : compensation offered in recompense for injuries

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Verb

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 recompense in a Sentence

Verb the cash-strapped museum can recompense lecturers with only token honorariums that company still needs to recompense the work that the contractor finished last month Noun He is asking for a just recompense for the work he's done. He received $10,000 in recompense for his injuries.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And pure gold is Her Majesty, purse in hand, buying an ice-cream in a local corner shop for a four-year-old Prince Edward as recompense after Prince Charles’s cello string snapped and painfully pinged Edward’s tender cheek in an earlier frame. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "The True Story of the Royal Family's BBC Documentary, Which Hasn't Been Seen Publicly in Decades," 23 Nov. 2019 Tarpley’s measure of local fame sprang not from controversy or even a desire for attention, but from sheer goodwill — an endless resume of kindnesses delivered without asking, and with no recompense sought. Matt Chittum, Washington Post, "Neighborhood remembers the ‘Angel of Grandin Road’," 25 Oct. 2019 In partial recompense, the Warriors gave fans who had season tickets since 2012-13 a discount on the membership fee. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "‘At some point it gets too expensive’: Warriors fans reckon with Chase Center prices," 24 Oct. 2019 In most crimes, there is some way to repair the damage, some way to right the balance and recompense the victim. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Attorney General asks parole board to keep Morrow cop's killer in prison," 29 Oct. 2019 Their hopes for full recompense from McDonald’s were thwarted by the court ruling. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "McDonald’s is not employer of Bay Area fast-food workers, court rules," 2 Oct. 2019 Many of those companies have given out free credit monitoring as recompense. Wired, "Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Money," 9 Sep. 2019 AP Photo/Oded Balilty Lessons for the United States Instead of seeking to wipe the Holocaust from its history, the German government has worked hard to ensure remembrance, penance, recompense, and justice. Bernd Reiter, Quartz, "What US slavery reparations and post-Holocaust Germany have in common," 2 Aug. 2019 Each country intended the gesture to act as recompense for the forcible exile of Jews in the 1490s, in one of the first acts of the Spanish Inquisition. The Economist, "British Jews trace Iberian heritage to retain EU citizenship," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of recompense

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recompense

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French recompenser, from Late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- + compensare to compensate

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The first known use of recompense was in the 15th century

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“Recompense.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recompense. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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recompense

verb
How to pronounce recompense (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recompense

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to give something (such as money) to (someone) as a reward or as a payment for loss or suffering

recompense

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recompense (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : something that is given to or done to thank or reward someone or to pay someone for loss or suffering

recompense

verb
rec·​om·​pense | \ ˈre-kəm-ˌpens How to pronounce recompense (audio) \
recompensed; recompensing

Kids Definition of recompense

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pay for or pay back He was recompensed for his loss.

recompense

noun

Kids Definition of recompense (Entry 2 of 2)

: something given in return for damage or suffering

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