Compensate meaning

kŏm'pən-sāt'
To offset; counterbalance.
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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.

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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.

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To make satisfactory payment or reparation to; recompense or reimburse.

Management compensated us for the time we worked.

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To stabilize the purchasing power of (a monetary unit) by changing the gold content in order to counterbalance price variations.
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To make up for; be a counterbalance to in weight, force, etc.
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To make equivalent or suitable return to; recompense; pay.

To compensate an owner for land taken by a city.

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To counteract or make allowance for (a variation)
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To make or serve as compensation or amends (for)
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To engage in compensation.
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(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.

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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.

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To serve as or provide a substitute or counterbalance.
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Origin of compensate

  • Latin compēnsāre compēnsāt- com- com- pēnsāre to weigh (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare (“to weight together one thing against another, balance, make good, later also shorten, spare”), from com- (“together”) + pensare (“to weight”).
    From Wiktionary