Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of compensare, from compendere; COMPENDIUM


1 [intransitive] 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.
compensate for
Her intelligence more than compensates for her lack of experience.
2 [transitive]BF 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.

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