- to recompense for something: They gave him ten dollars to compensate him for his trouble.
- to counterbalance; offset; be equivalent to: He compensated his homely appearance with great personal charm.
- Mechanics. to counterbalance (a force or the like); adjust or construct so as to offset or counterbalance variations or produce equilibrium.
- to change the gold content of (a monetary unit) to counterbalance price fluctuations and thereby stabilize its purchasing power.
- to provide or be an equivalent; make up; make amends (usually followed by for): His occasional courtesies did not compensate for his general rudeness.
- Psychology. to develop or employ mechanisms of compensation.
Origin of compensate
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Examples from the Web for compensate
So filmmakers usually resort to a plot device to compensate for this absence.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
This may turn out to be wrong; Republican victories in Iowa and/or Colorado could compensate for a loss here.A Loss by Pat Roberts in Kansas? Actually, Not So Bizarre
October 3, 2014
The money would have gone to compensate the victims, pay for future health screenings, and in some cases relocate households.Pollution Is a Violent Crime—Prosecute It as Such
May 8, 2014
But is the performer taking her art form too seriously, trying to compensate for something else that may be lacking?The Return of Lady Gaga’s Outrageous Fashion
April 2, 2014
This would enable the company to diversify and compensate for losses in Europe by reaching East Asian markets.New Concerns that Russia is Positioning Itself to Influence Israel's Natural Gas Policy
November 7, 2013
A few details had to be adjusted to compensate for Kingozi's lack of eyes.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
What can it give you to compensate for the misery of a union without love?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Nothing can compensate for the loss of hope in a man: it entirely changes the character.Self-Help
Could they compensate for one hour of life and love as humanity lived it?The Heads of Apex
Thus did he compensate them with the view of preventing any race from becoming extinct.Protagoras
- to make amends to (someone), esp for loss or injury
- (tr) to serve as compensation or damages for (injury, loss, etc)
- 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
- (intr) to attempt to conceal or offset one's shortcomings by the exaggerated exhibition of qualities regarded as desirable
Word Origin and History for compensate
1640s, "to be equivalent;" 1650s, "to counterbalance, make up for," from Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare "to weigh one thing (against another)," thus, "to counterbalance," from com- "with" (see com-) + pensare, frequentative of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant). Meaning "to recompense, remunerate" is from 1814. Related: Compensated; compensating.