Definition of recompense in English:


Syllabification: rec·om·pense
Pronunciation: /ˈrekəmˌpens


[with object]
  • 1Make amends to (someone) for loss or harm suffered; compensate: offenders should recompense their victims he was recompensed for the wasted time
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    • And today we are still fighting to make sure the company makes available enough money to recompense its victims.
    • The council will pay tens of thousands of pounds out to its biggest trade union to recompense staff said to have been distressed over a jobs transfer.
    • In high-profile cases, the tobacco industry has recently paid enormous amounts to recompense individuals damaged by its products.
    compensate, indemnify, repay, reimburse, make reparation to, make restitution to, make amends to
  • 1.1Pay or reward (someone) for effort or work: he was handsomely recompensed
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    • Alpaca farmers will be well recompensed for their efforts in farming these rare animals.
    • Remember if you do something world changing, you are likely to get handsomely recompensed for it.
    • Indeed, even trainers of junior club teams are well recompensed for their input, and few are formally equipped for the role either.
    reward, pay back
  • 1.2Make amends to or reward someone for (loss, harm, or effort): he thought his loyalty had been inadequately recompensed
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    • In the first year, the losses will be recompensed by a one-time pay-out.
    • When the costs of crime are assessed, account should be taken of losses recompensed through insurance.
    • In my case, though I cannot walk, this is recompensed with a lot of strength and motivation.
    make up for, compensate for, make amends for, make restitution for, make reparation for, restore, redress, make good
  • 1.3 archaic Punish or reward (someone) appropriately for an action: according to their doings will he recompense them


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  • 1Compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made: substantial damages were paid in recompense
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    • Instead, everyone who works in the garden can take produce home in recompense for his or her efforts.
    • A letter from the company's lawyers soon brought the newspaper to heel and an appropriate sum in recompense was negotiated, the main beneficiary of which is a local centre for disabled children.
    • In recompense, he was given a free chicken salad sandwich and all the sweets he could eat.
  • 1.1 archaic Restitution made or punishment inflicted for a wrong or injury.
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    • If you do this you will be required to make recompense for your transgression to the political leaders of the parliament.
    • We have to realize that we can make recompense for certain sins, but we cannot make recompense for other things and sins.


late Middle English: from Old French, from the verb recompenser 'do a favor to requite a loss', from late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- 'again' (also expressing intensive force) + compensare 'weigh one thing against another'.

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