- 1Make amends to (someone) for loss or harm suffered; compensate: offenders should recompense their victims he was recompensed for the wasted timeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Pay or reward (someone) for effort or work: he was handsomely recompensedMore example sentences
reward, pay back
- 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.
- 1.2Make amends to or reward someone for (loss, harm, or effort): he thought his loyalty had been inadequately recompensedMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made: substantial damages were paid in recompenseMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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'.