Definition of Compensate

1. Verb. Adjust for. "Engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

2. Verb. Make amends for; pay compensation for. "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"
Exact synonyms: Indemnify, Recompense, Repair
Generic synonyms: Pay
Specialized synonyms: Give
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Indemnification, Indemnification, Indemnity, Reparation, Reparation

3. Verb. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities. "He is compensating for being a bad father"
Exact synonyms: Cover, Overcompensate
Related verbs: Cover, Insure, Underwrite
Generic synonyms: Correct, Counterbalance, Even Off, Even Out, Even Up, Make Up
Derivative terms: Compensation, Overcompensation

4. Verb. Make reparations or amends for. "Right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
Exact synonyms: Correct, Redress, Right
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Over-correct, Overcompensate, Aby, Abye, Atone, Expiate
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Redress, Redress, Right, Right
Antonyms: Wrong

5. Verb. Do or give something to somebody in return. "They compensate to move "; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
Exact synonyms: Make Up, Pay, Pay Off
Generic synonyms: Settle
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Pay, Payee, Payer
Also: Pay Back, Pay Off

6. Verb. Make payment to; compensate. "My efforts were not remunerated"
Exact synonyms: Recompense, Remunerate
Specialized synonyms: Recoup, Reimburse
Generic synonyms: Pay
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Recompense, Recompense, Remuneration, Remuneration, Remunerative, Remunerative, Remunerator

Definition of Compensate

1. v. t. To make equal return to; to remunerate; to recompense; to give an equivalent to; to requite suitably; as, to compensate a laborer for his work, or a merchant for his losses.

2. v. i. To make amends; to supply an equivalent; -- followed by for; as, nothing can compensate for the loss of reputation.

Definition of Compensate

1. Verb. To pay or reward someone in exchange for work done or some other consideration. ¹

2. Verb. To make up for; to do something in place of something else; to correct, satisfy; to reach an agreement such that the scales are literally or (metaphorically) balanced; to equalize or make even. ¹

3. Verb. To adjust or adapt to a change; often a negative, (harmful, or depriving) or undesired one. ¹

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Definition of Compensate


Lexicographical Neighbors of Compensate

compensate (current term)
compensated acidosis
compensated alkalosis
compensated glaucoma
compensated metabolic alkalosis
compensated respiratory acidosis
compensated respiratory alkalosis
compensating balance
compensating curve
compensating emphysema
compensating eyepieces
compensating ocular

Literary usage of Compensate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1915)
"2*s The damages recoverable arc such as will reasonably compensate the dependent members of the family for the pecuniary loss sustained by them because of ..."

2. Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay Whitney (1907)
"Message to Congress Enclosing Draft of Bill to compensate States that Abolish Slavery. JULY 14, 1862. Fellow-citizens of the Senate and House of ..."

3. The Institutes of English Grammar: Methodically Arranged, with Forms for by Goold Brown (1857)
"Will is an auxiliary to compensate. Very is an adverb of degree: and relates ... Never is an adverb of time: and relates to will compensate ; according to ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"... has an automatic zero to compensate for any background. Optical filters can be changed to scan various stains. A labeled density curve, relative area ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"... of plaintiffs injuries, or the amount of damages which would compensate for those injuries, we might be able to comprehend the force of this logic. ..."

6. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... then, that it was found more convenient to compensate him on the spot than to delay proceedings and disappoint those who had come for the ceremony. ..."

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