verb (used with object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.
- to bind by bargain or agreement.
- to bring to terms.
verb (used without object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.
- compromise joint,
- compromise of 1850,
- compromise rail,
Origin of compromise
Examples from the Web for compromising
They decided to get rid of the compromising objects immediately.
We've walked in on Jenny and Kevin in compromising sexual positions before.The MVPs of Sleaze Are Back: FXX's 'The League' Ups the Degenerate Ante|Emily Shire|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But religions and ideologies are the opposite of flexible and compromising.
Even if the Court does settle on a compromising solution, it may not matter much—at least for smart crooks and smart cops.Can Government Call the Shots on Cellphone Privacy?|Aziz Huq|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His most recent book on Sudan is Compromising With Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012.
We will not enumerate all the methods of compromising oneself, for we might become personal.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete|Honore de Balzac
There was nothing for it but to break up the horde piece by piece and lose the compromising gems in unrecognizable fragments.Out of the Ashes|Ethel Watts Mumford
The same principle, carried out, might prove it would be easier to buy off pickpockets by compromising than to punish them.The Chainbearer|J. Fenimore Cooper
Even then an attempt was made to get hold of all compromising papers and letters.Europe in the Sixteenth Century 1494-1598, Fifth Edition|A. H. (Arthur Henry) Johnson
There is in the city a respectable jeweller, who will advance money on any compromising letter with a good name at the foot.Caught In The Net|Emile Gaboriau
Word Origin for compromise
early 15c., "a joint promise to abide by an arbiter's decision," from Middle French compromis (13c.), from Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere "to make a mutual promise" (to abide by the arbiter's decision), from com- "together" (see com-) + promittere (see promise). The main modern sense of "a coming to terms" is from extension to the settlement itself (late 15c.).
mid-15c., from compromise (n.). Related: Compromised; compromising.