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The Definition of - Compensate (verb)

    verb (used with object), compensated, compensating.
    1.
    to recompense for something:
    They gave him ten dollars to compensate him for his trouble.
    2.
    to counterbalance; offset; be equivalent to:
    He compensated his homely appearance with great personal charm.
    3.
    Mechanics. to counterbalance (a force or the like); adjust or construct so as to offset or counterbalance variations or produce equilibrium.
    4.
    to change the gold content of (a monetary unit) to counterbalance price fluctuations and thereby stabilize its purchasing power.
    verb (used without object), compensated, compensating.
    5.
    to provide or be an equivalent; make up; make amends (usually followed by for):
    His occasional courtesies did not compensate for his general rudeness.
    6.
    Psychology. to develop or employ mechanisms of compensation.

Word Example of - Compensate

    Example Sentences for compensate

    No beautiful moral speculations were then to compensate the poverty of intellectual science.

    There is nothing in life that can compensate for long partings.

    Of course you don't like Franklin's discharge, and of course you have done something to compensate him.

    It was hoped they might, and that the difference would not compensate for the risk in smuggling.

    Liberal morphia we had to give to compensate for nursing defects.

    You shall have all the better a dinner to compensate you, my Gonerilla!

    The knowledge gained by this thorough study will more than compensate for the time and trouble which it requires.

    What will this do to compensate for its giant evils which are desolating our land?

    What could Guffey expect to get from Peter, to compensate for this damage to his own case?

    But he had impudence enough to compensate him for this double drawback.

Word Origin & History of - Compensate

    Word Origin & History

    compensate 1640s, from L. compensatus, pp. of compensare "to weigh one thing (against another)," thus, "to counterbalance," from com- "with" + pensare freq. of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).

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