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compromise

2 verb
     
compromise2
1 [intransitive] to reach an agreement in which everyone involved accepts less that what they wanted at first:
She admitted that she was unable to compromise.
compromise with
His work-mates demanded that he never compromise with the bosses.
compromise on
The new regime was prepared to compromise on the oil dispute.
2 [transitive] to do something which is against your principles and which therefore seems dishonest or shameful
compromise your principles/standards/integrity etc
As soon as you compromise your principles you are lost.
compromise yourself
She had already compromised herself by accepting his invitation.

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