compensate
verb (-sated; -sating) Etymology: Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare, frequentative of compendere Date: 1646 transitive verb 1. to be equivalent to ; counterbalance 2. to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to <
compensate the victims for their loss
>
3. a. to provide with means of counteracting variation b. to neutralize the effect of (variations) intransitive verb 1. to supply an equivalent — used with for 2. to offset an error, defect, or undesired effect <
his enthusiasm compensates for his lack of skill
>
3. to undergo or engage in psychological or physiological compensation Synonyms: see paycompensative adjectivecompensator nouncompensatory adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • compensate — com‧pen‧sate [ˈkɒmpənseɪt ǁ ˈkɑːm ] verb [intransitive, transitive] 1. to pay someone money because they have suffered injury, loss, or damage: compensate somebody for something • He has promised to compensate farmers for the price cuts. 2. HUMAN …   Financial and business terms

  • compensate — vb 1 Compensate, countervail, balance, offset, counterbalance, counterpoise are comparable when meaning to make up for or to undo the effects of. Compensate is by far the broadest of these terms both in mode of use and scope of application. It… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Compensate — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compensate — com·pen·sate / käm pən ˌsāt, ˌpen / vt sat·ed, sat·ing: to make an appropriate and usu. counterbalancing payment to compensate the victims for their injuries adequately compensated for her work com·pen·sa·to·ry /kəm pen sə ˌtōr ē/ adj …   Law dictionary

  • Compensate — Com pen*sate, v. i. To make amends; to supply an equivalent; followed by for; as, nothing can compensate for the loss of reputation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compensate — [v1] make restitution atone, come down with*, commit, guerdon, indemnify, make good*, pay, pay up, plank out*, pony up*, recompense, recoup, refund, reimburse, remunerate, repay, requite, reward, satisfy, shell out*, take care of, tickle the… …   New thesaurus

  • compensate — ► VERB 1) give (someone) something to reduce or balance the bad effect of loss, suffering, or injury. 2) (compensate for) make up for (something undesirable) by exerting an opposite force or effect. DERIVATIVES compensator noun compensatory… …   English terms dictionary

  • compensate — [käm′pən sāt΄] vt. compensated, compensating [< L compensatus, pp. of compensare, to weigh one thing against another < com , with + pensare, freq. of pendere, to weigh: see PENDANT] 1. Now Rare to make up for; be a counterbalance to in… …   English World dictionary

  • compensate — 1640s, from L. compensatus, pp. of compensare to weigh one thing (against another), thus, to counterbalance, from com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + pensare, frequentative of pendere to weigh (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • compensate — [[t]kɒ̱mpənseɪt[/t]] compensates, compensating, compensated 1) VERB To compensate someone for money or things that they have lost means to pay them money or give them something to replace that money or those things. [V n for n] The official… …   English dictionary

  • compensate — v. 1) (d; intr.) ( to make up for ) to compensate for (I cannot compensate for my inferiority complex) 2) (D; tr.) ( to reimburse ) to compensate for (to compensate smb. for damages) * * * [ kɒmpənseɪt] (d; intr.) ( to make up for ) to compensate …   Combinatory dictionary

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