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.
Management compensated us for the time we worked.
To compensate an owner for land taken by a city.
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.
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”).