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: Verb In a professional setting, a favorable recommendation for a job well done — while certainly appreciated — should not be recompensed with a present. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: How many times can I correct my son’s teacher?," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And that makes reparations the most logical, most American, way of recompense. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Yes, Black Americans are entitled to reparations. We’ve earned them.," 30 Oct. 2020 Former French presidents, from Jacques Chirac, to Nicolas Sarkozy, to François Hollande, have a history of punishing, skirting or downplaying Haitian demands for recompense. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 There’s a reasonable middle ground here, which is to put some upper limit on product-liability damage awards, such that insuring against them is economically feasible but consumers harmed by them can get some recompense. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "What’s in a marketplace? Amazon wades into California liability bill," 26 Aug. 2020 Former French presidents, from Jacques Chirac, to Nicolas Sarkozy, to François Hollande, have a history of punishing, skirting or downplaying Haitian demands for recompense. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 Former French presidents, from Jacques Chirac, to Nicolas Sarkozy, to François Hollande, have a history of punishing, skirting or downplaying Haitian demands for recompense. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 Everywhere in the house, the pandemic takes things away and technology offers recompense. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There’s No Escaping Tech," 30 July 2020 Former French presidents, from Jacques Chirac, to Nicolas Sarkozy, to François Hollande, have a history of punishing, skirting or downplaying Haitian demands for recompense. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 Former French presidents, from Jacques Chirac, to Nicolas Sarkozy, to François Hollande, have a history of punishing, skirting or downplaying Haitian demands for recompense. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recompense. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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