- to recompense for something: They gave him ten dollars to compensate him for his trouble.
- to counterbalance; offset; be equivalent to: He compensated his homely appearance with great personal charm.
- Mechanics. to counterbalance (a force or the like); adjust or construct so as to offset or counterbalance variations or produce equilibrium.
- to change the gold content of (a monetary unit) to counterbalance price fluctuations and thereby stabilize its purchasing power.
- to provide or be an equivalent; make up; make amends (usually followed by for): His occasional courtesies did not compensate for his general rudeness.
- Psychology. to develop or employ mechanisms of compensation.
Origin of compensate
Synonyms for compensateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for uncompensateddue, gratuitous, honorary, unrecompensed, unremunerated, voluntary, volunteer, contributed, unindemnified, unrewarded
Examples from the Web for uncompensated
Contemporary Examples of uncompensated
State and local governments typically pitch in now on uncompensated care.Show Me the Medicaid Money
February 28, 2014
According to the Los Angeles Times, many of the homeless were left stranded and uncompensated after he left.Apple’s New iPhones Met by Strong Demand
September 23, 2013
The annual report to the foundation claimed it provided $185 million in uncompensated and charity care that year, the judge wrote.Why Do So Many People Not Do What They're Supposed to Do?
January 25, 2013
Historical Examples of uncompensated
He did not believe in imposing an uncompensated burden upon any man.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The victims were uncompensated—the great majority unreformed.
No feeling so rankles in the mind as the sense of uncompensated labor.The Itching Palm
William R Scott
Differentiate as soon as possible between the uncompensated heart caused by valvular disease and that caused by arteriosclerosis.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
In the heart in consequence of uncompensated valvular and other diseases of the heart.
- to make amends to (someone), esp for loss or injury
- (tr) to serve as compensation or damages for (injury, loss, etc)
- to offset or counterbalance the effects of (a force, weight, movement, etc) so as to nullify the effects of an undesirable influence and produce equilibrium
- (intr) to attempt to conceal or offset one's shortcomings by the exaggerated exhibition of qualities regarded as desirable
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.