verb (used with object), com·pen·sat·ed, com·pen·sat·ing.
verb (used without object), com·pen·sat·ed, com·pen·sat·ing.
Origin of compensate
Synonyms for compensate
Word Origin for compensate
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.