verb (used with object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.

verb (used without object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.

to make a compromise or compromises: The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.
to make a dishonorable or shameful concession: He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.

Nearby words

  1. compressure,
  2. comprimario,
  3. comprise,
  4. comprize,
  5. compromis,
  6. compromise joint,
  7. compromise of 1850,
  8. compromise rail,
  9. compromised,
  10. compromising

Origin of compromise

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French compromisse, Middle French compromis < Latin comprōmissum. See com-, promise

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British Dictionary definitions for compromising



settlement of a dispute by concessions on both or all sides
the terms of such a settlement
something midway between two or more different things
an exposure of one's good name, reputation, etc, to injury


to settle (a dispute) by making concessions
(tr) to expose (a person or persons) to disrepute
(tr) to prejudice unfavourably; weakenhis behaviour compromised his chances
(tr) obsolete to pledge mutually
Derived Formscompromiser, nouncompromisingly, adverb

Word Origin for compromise

C15: from Old French compromis, from Latin comprōmissum mutual agreement to accept the decision of an arbiter, from comprōmittere, from prōmittere to promise

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Word Origin and History for compromising
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