[ 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.


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.

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
Related forms

Synonym study

4–6. See reward. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unrecompensed

  • Her passion of gratitude could not let his service go all unrecompensed.

    Spanish Highways and Byways|Katharine Lee Bates
  • On what did that sentiment, unsolicited and unrecompensed, rest?

    The Golden Bowl|Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for unrecompensed


/ (ˈrɛkəmˌpɛns) /


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


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