- 1 [with object] Give (someone) something, typically money, in recognition of loss, suffering, or injury incurred; recompense: payments were made to farmers to compensate them for cuts in subsidiesMore example sentences
- If I am injured in body or pocket I expect the person causing that injury to compensate me for any losses that I incur unless it has been a genuine accident.
- No amount of money will ever truly compensate me for the loss I've suffered, the stress and emotional affect this has had on me.
- The insurers then claimed the sum from the bus company insurers together with money to compensate me for ‘loss of use’ of the car until I bought a new car in August.
- 1.1Pay (someone) for work performed: he will be richly compensated for his effortsMore example sentences
- Nor does the typical academic journal have sufficient resources to compensate graduate students to perform this task.
- There are two other contingencies needed in a system that compensates drivers based on performance.
- Adams thinks people often work more efficiently for their own employer than for a contract job, and that having control over who he hires and how his staff is compensated makes a big difference in performance.
- 2 [no object] (compensate for) Make up for (something unwelcome or unpleasant) by exerting an opposite force or effect: officials have boosted levies to compensate for huge deficitsMore example sentences
- They take behavioral steps to compensate for the sleep loss, napping during the day or early evening.
- A consistent, early wake-up time will force the body to start shutting down earlier to compensate for the lost sleep.
- For example, a girl's learning disability hides her math talent, and the math talent compensates for her learning disability - so she gets passing, but mediocre, math grades.
- 2.1Act to neutralize or correct (a deficiency or abnormality in a physical property or effect): the output voltage rises, compensating for the original fallMore example sentences
- But to believe that this renders them unusable is to underestimate the skills that most artists would surely have for interpreting, improvising, and compensating for any deficiencies.
- The title's realistic firefight sound effects partially compensate for this glaring deficiency.
- Corrections to compensate for the effects of constant errors can be determined from the TFT.
- 2.2 Psychology Attempt to conceal or offset (a disability or frustration) by development in another direction: they identified with radical movements to compensate for their inability to relate to individual human beings
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- Repeated chemoembolization can be prescribed for postoperative patients with compensative liver function.
- This compensative action was insufficient when the glucose concentration was too high.
- Based on the models, an adaptive temperature compensative control method for a clutch working process was put forward.
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- Manufacturers tailor compact, uncooled cameras for airport screening applications by adding temperature compensators, analysis software, or self-calibration capabilities.
- Problems arise occasionally, but contemporary masks, fins, snorkels, regulators and buoyancy compensators are far better than they were even a few years ago.
- What I am interested in is determining which stance provides the best all-around control, under duress, using a defensive handgun without benefit of compensators, ports or other gadgets.
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpensətiv, ˈkämpənˌsātiv/adjective
mid 17th century (in the sense 'counterbalance'): from Latin compensat- 'weighed against', from the verb compensare, from com- 'together' + pensare (frequentative of pendere 'weigh').