Compensate Definition

compensated, compensates, compensating
compensated, compensates, compensating
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 serve to balance or offset something.
An altered swing that compensates for the wind.
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To make an adjustment, or otherwise act, so as to balance or offset something.
A golfer compensating for the wind by altering her swing.
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To make or serve as compensation or amends (for)
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Origin of Compensate

  • 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

  • Latin compēnsāre compēnsāt- com- com- pēnsāre to weigh (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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