To compensate is to pay someone for services performed, to repay someone for some wrong or that something positive exists to make up for something negative.verb
- An example of compensate is when you pay the guy who mowed your lawn.
- An example of compensate is when you make your wife angry and you compensate for your bad behavior by doing something very nice.
- An example of compensate is when you injure someone in a car accident and you pay their medical bills.
- An example of compensate is beautiful scenery on high priced lots.
- Now Rare to make up for; be a counterbalance to in weight, force, etc.
- to make equivalent or suitable return to; recompense; pay: to compensate an owner for land taken by a city
- Mech. to counteract or make allowance for (a variation)
Origin: < L compensatus, pp. of compensare, to weigh one thing against another < com-, with + pensare, freq. of pendere, to weigh: see pendant
- to make or serve as compensation or amends (for)
- Psychol. to engage in compensation
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verb com·pen·sat·ed, com·pen·sat·ing, com·pen·sates verb, transitive
- To offset; counterbalance.
- To make satisfactory payment or reparation to; recompense or reimburse: Management compensated us for the time we worked.
- To stabilize the purchasing power of (a monetary unit) by changing the gold content in order to counterbalance price variations.
Origin: Latin compēnsāre, compēnsāt- : com-, com- + pēnsāre, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
- comˈpen·saˌtive adjective
- comˈpen·saˌtor noun
- com·penˈsa·toˌry adjective