Thesaurus

compensate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of compensate

  1. 1 to provide (someone) with a just payment for loss or injury you'll have to compensate the neighbors for cutting down their tree Synonyms of compensate indemnify, recompense, recoup, remunerate, requite, satisfy Words Related to compensate refund, reimburse, repay; redress, remedy, repair; discharge, pay, quit

  2. 2 to give (someone) the sum of money owed for goods or services received compensate them well for their efforts Synonyms of compensate pay, recompense, remunerateWords Related to compensate refund, reimburse, repay, requite; remit; pay off, pay up, prepayNear Antonyms of compensate stiff

Synonym Discussion of 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


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