|Origin:||, past participle of compensare, from compendere; COMPENDIUM|
to replace or balance the effect of something bad:
Because my left eye is so weak, my right eye has to work harder to compensate.
Her intelligence more than compensates for her lack of experience.
to pay someone money because they have suffered injury, loss, or damage:
the government's promise to compensate victims of the flood
compensate somebody for something
The firm will compensate workers for their loss of earnings.