- 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 compensator
By collecting the over-flow of gas in the compensator, this disadvantage is obviated.Up in the Clouds
The compensator is, as may be seen, nothing more than a double Mariotte flask.
The compensator is very simple and not at all likely to get out of order.
To maintain the external form of the envelope a smaller balloon, or compensator, was placed inside the larger one.The Mastery of the Air
William J. Claxton
The sensation swiftly lifted as the compensator took up the load.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
- 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 compensator
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.