- 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.
- 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.
transitive verbcompensated, compensating
- 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 of compensate; from Classical Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare, to weigh one thing against another ; from com-, with + pensare, frequentative of pendere, to weigh: see pendant
- to make or serve as compensation or amends (for)
- Psychol. to engage in compensation
verbcom·pen·sat·ed, com·pen·sat·ing, com·pen·sates
- 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 of compensateLatin compēnsāre, compēnsāt- : com-, com- + pēnsāre, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present compensates, present participle compensating, simple past and past participle compensated)
- To pay or reward someone in exchange for work done or some other consideration.
- It is hard work, but they will compensate you well for it.
- (intransitive) To make up for; to do something in place of something else; to correct, satisfy; to reach an agreement such that the scales are literally or (metaphorically) balanced; to equalize or make even.
- His loud voice cannot compensate for a lack of personality.
- To compensate me for his tree landing on my shed, my neighbor paved my driveway.
- To adjust or adapt to a change, often a harm or deprivation.
- I don't like driving that old car because it always steers a little to the left so I'm forever compensating for that when I drive it. Trust me, it gets annoying real fast.
- To compensate for his broken leg, Gary uses crutches.