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Meaning & Definition of Compensate in English

English

Compensate

/kɑmpənset/

verb

1. Adjust for

  • "Engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"
    synonym:
  • compensate
  • ,
  • counterbalance
  • ,
  • correct
  • ,
  • make up
  • ,
  • even out
  • ,
  • even off
  • ,
  • even up

2. Make amends for

  • Pay compensation for
  • "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the jews in the third reich"
  • "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"
    synonym:
  • compensate
  • ,
  • recompense
  • ,
  • repair
  • ,
  • indemnify

3. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities

  • "He is compensating for being a bad father"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • compensate
  • ,
  • overcompensate

4. Make reparations or amends for

  • "Right a wrongs done to the victims of the holocaust"
    synonym:
  • right
  • ,
  • compensate
  • ,
  • redress
  • ,
  • correct

5. Do or give something to somebody in return

  • "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
    synonym:
  • pay
  • ,
  • pay off
  • ,
  • make up
  • ,
  • compensate

6. Make payment to

  • Compensate
  • "My efforts were not remunerated"
    synonym:
  • compensate
  • ,
  • recompense
  • ,
  • remunerate

Examples of using

I worked hard to compensate for the loss.
I will compensate you for your loss.
Diligence may compensate for lack of experience.