Definition of "compensate" []

  • To offset; counterbalance. (verb-transitive)
  • To make satisfactory payment or reparation to; recompense or reimburse: Management compensated us for the time we worked. (verb-transitive)
  • To stabilize the purchasing power of (a monetary unit) by changing the gold content in order to counterbalance price variations. (verb-transitive)
  • To serve as or provide a substitute or counterbalance. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make amends to (someone), esp for loss or injury (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To serve as compensation or damages for (injury, loss, etc) (verb)
  • To offset or counterbalance the effects of (a force, weight, movement, etc) so as to nullify the effects of an undesirable influence and produce equilibrium (verb)
  • To attempt to conceal or offset one's shortcomings by the exaggerated exhibition of qualities regarded as desirable (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "compensate" in a sentence
  • "Since they did not have adequate fund to compare or come tighten to this volume of money, they offering a multiple of an increase in compensate as well as a have make have make make use of of of of of of Buffalo Rapids vehicles for personal use."
  • "However chief executive Colin Tweedy said: "It is important to stress that in no way will a growth in private-sector funding in the short or medium-term compensate for cuts of between 25 and 40 per cent.""
  • "However am very luck as do get a weekday off to compensate, which is rather lovely, and I usually spend at least part of the day with my Dad-this week we shall be working on the front garden!"