recompense

[ rek-uhm-pens ]
/ ˈrɛk əmˌpɛns /

verb (used with object), rec·om·pensed, rec·om·pens·ing.

to repay; remunerate; reward, as for service, aid, etc.
to pay or give compensation for; make restitution or requital for (damage, injury, or the like).

verb (used without object), rec·om·pensed, rec·om·pens·ing.

to make compensation for something; repay someone: no attempt to recompense for our trouble.

noun

compensation, as for an injury, wrong, etc.: to make recompense for the loss one's carelessness has caused.
a repayment or requital, as for favors, gifts, etc.
a remuneration or reward, as for services, aid, or the like.

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Origin of recompense

1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English <Middle French recompenser<Late Latin recompēnsāre, equivalent to Latin re-re- + compēnsāre (see compensate); (noun) late Middle English <Middle French, derivative of recompenser

synonym study for recompense

4-6. See reward.

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British Dictionary definitions for recompense

recompense
/ (ˈrɛkəmˌpɛns) /

verb

(tr) to pay or reward for service, work, etc
(tr) to compensate for loss, injury, etc

noun

compensation for loss, injury, etcto make recompense
reward, remuneration, or repayment

Derived forms of recompense

recompensable, adjectiverecompenser, noun

Word Origin for recompense

C15: from Old French recompenser, from Latin re- + compensāre to balance in weighing; see compensate
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