verb (used with object), rec·om·pensed, rec·om·pens·ing.
verb (used without object), rec·om·pensed, rec·om·pens·ing.
- recommended daily allowance,
- recommended dietary allowance,
- recompression chamber,
Origin of recompense
Examples from the Web for recompense
So he convoyed them safely into port and would not take even the smallest present, in recompense for his services.Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea|Charles H. L. Johnston
To recompense his services to the city during his administration, the government bestowed upon him the cross of honor.The Miraculous Medal|Jean Marie Aladel
What amount of present fame can recompense you for being shown up as a noodle, or worse, to your children's children?
She tried for her part to be nice to everybody, to talk when she could, and receive the recompense of pleased looks.Phoebe, Junior|Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
And this last threatened and exhorted, and held out hopes of recompense, if she were rendered truly.Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore
Word Origin for recompense
early 15c., from Middle French recompense (13c.), related to recompenser "make good, recompense" from Late Latin recompensare (see recompense (v.)).
c.1400, "to redress," from Middle French recompenser (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin recompensare "to reward, remunerate," from Latin re- "again" (see re-) + compensare "balance out," literally "weigh together" (see compensate). From early 15c. as "to compensate." Related: Recompensed; recompensing.