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.
Origin of compromise
Related Words for compromisingagree, negotiate, mar, ruin, jeopardize, imperil, prejudice, endanger, embarrass, weaken, compose, adjust, conciliate, arbitrate, concede, settle, compound, implicate, peril, risk
Examples from the Web for compromising
Contemporary Examples of compromising
They decided to get rid of the compromising objects immediately.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
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
September 4, 2014
But religions and ideologies are the opposite of flexible and compromising.Liberals Need to Learn to Say No
July 10, 2014
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?
April 30, 2014
His most recent book on Sudan is Compromising With Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012.Preventing Genocide In South Sudan
Eric Reeves, John Prendergast
April 29, 2014
Historical Examples of compromising
No—it's not in the least compromising for a girl to stay at the same hotel.The Incomplete Amorist
"I ain't going to kiss him," the girl said by way of compromising.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Felicite was indeed right; his family took a pleasure in compromising him.
She was compromising him; it was with her that he would have liked to make a start.
Melanie was too astute to indulge in any compromising whims.
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.