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recompense

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verb rec·om·pense \ ˈre-kəm-ˌpen(t)s \

Definition of recompense

recompensed; recompensing
transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of recompense in a Sentence

  1. the cash-strapped museum can recompense lecturers with only token honorariums

  2. that company still needs to recompense the work that the contractor finished last month

Origin and Etymology of recompense

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

recompense Synonyms

Synonyms
compensate, pay, remunerate
Antonyms
repudiate
Related Words
refund, reimburse, repay, requite; remit; pay off, pay up, prepay
Near Antonyms
stiff

Synonym Discussion of recompense

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

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recompense

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Definition of recompense

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

Examples of recompense in a Sentence

  1. He is asking for a just recompense for the work he's done.

  2. He received $10,000 in recompense for his injuries.

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First Known Use of recompense

15th century


RECOMPENSE Defined for English Language Learners

recompense

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Definition of recompense for English Language Learners

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


recompense

noun

Definition of recompense for English Language Learners

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


RECOMPENSE Defined for Kids

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recompense

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verb rec·om·pense \ ˈre-kəm-ˌpens \

Definition of recompense for Students

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

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recompense

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Definition of recompense for Students

:something given in return for damage or suffering


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