[ kom-puhn-seyt ]
/ 藞k蓲m p蓹n藢se瑟t /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: compensate / compensated / compensating on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), com路pen路sat路ed, com路pen路sat路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), com路pen路sat路ed, com路pen路sat路ing.
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.
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes 鈥渟ky blue鈥?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of compensate

First recorded in 1640鈥50, compensate is from the Latin word comp膿ns膩tus (past participle of comp膿ns膩re to counterbalance, originally, to weigh together). See com-, pensive, -ate1


Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use compensate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for compensate

/ (藞k蓲mp蓻n藢se瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of compensate

compensatory (藞k蓲mp蓻n藢se瑟t蓹r瑟, k蓹m藞p蓻ns蓹t蓹r瑟, -tr瑟) or compensative (藞k蓲mp蓻n藢se瑟t瑟v, k蓹m藞p蓻ns蓹-), adjectivecompensator, noun

Word Origin for compensate

C17: from Latin comp膿ns膩re, from pens膩re, from pendere to weigh
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012