Definitions for: Compensate

[v] make payment to; compensate; "My efforts were not remunerated"
[v] make amends for; pay compensation for; "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich"; "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"
[v] do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
[v] make reparations or amends for; "right a wrong"
[v] make up for, make good
[v] make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father"

Webster (1913) Definition: Com"pen*sate (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Compensated; p. pr. & vb. n. Compensating.] [L.
compensatus, p. p. of compensare, prop., to weigh several
things with one another, to balance with one another, verb
intens. fr. compendere. See Compendium.]
1. 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

2. To be equivalent in value or effect to; to counterbalance;
to make up for; to make amends for.

The length of the night and the dews thereof do
compensate the heat of the day. --Bacon.

The pleasures of life do not compensate the
miseries. --Prior.

Syn: To recompense; remunerate; indemnify; reward; requite;

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

Synonyms: correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, indemnify, make up, pay off, recompense, redress, remunerate, repair, right

Antonyms: wrong

See Also: aby, abye, alter, atone, balance, carry, change, compensate, compensate, counterbalance, cover, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize, even off, even out, even up, expiate, fix, get, give, overcompensate, overcompensate, over-correct, pay, pay back, recoup, reimburse, settle

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