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compensate

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpɛnseɪt
 
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Definition of compensate in English:

verb

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 subsidies
More 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.
Synonyms
recompense, repay, pay back, reimburse, remunerate, recoup, requite, indemnify;
settle up with, settle accounts with
1.1Pay (someone) for work performed: he will be richly compensated for his efforts
More 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) Reduce or counteract (something unwelcome or unpleasant) by exerting an opposite force or effect: the manager is hoping for victory to compensate for the team’s dismal league campaign
More example sentences
  • My issue is that he's compensating for his own missed childhood by appropriating other people's childhoods.
Synonyms
make amends, make up, make restitution, make reparation, make recompense, recompense, atone, requite, pay;
expiate, make good, put to rights, rectify, offset, square
2.1Act so as to neutralize or correct (a deficiency or abnormality in a physical property or effect): the output voltage rises, compensating for the original fall
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  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'counterbalance'): from Latin compensat- 'weighed against', from the verb compensare, from com- 'together' + pensare (frequentative of pendere 'weigh').

Derivatives

compensative

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

compensator

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with compensate

condensatedecussate

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