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compromise

[ kom-pruh-mahyz ]
/ ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz /
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noun

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.

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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 compromise

compromise
/ (ˈkɒmprəˌmaɪz) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of compromise

compromiser, 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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Medical definitions for compromise

compromise
[ kŏmprə-mīz′ ]

v.

To impair by disease, toxicity, or injury.

Other words from compromise

compro•mised′ adj.
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