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compensate

com·pen·sate

compensate

 
 
pronunciation:
kam pn seIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to provide with or serve as an equivalent; make up for (usu. fol. by for).
No amount of money from the company could compensate for the loss of her son.Her experience in the field compensates for her lack of formal training.
 
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: compensated, compensates, compensating
definition 1: to offset or be equivalent to.
The eventual benefits will surely compensate the cost.
synonyms:
countervail, offset
similar words:
balance, equal, make up
definition 2: to pay or repay; recompense. .
The servants were often poorly compensated.If you help us now, we will compensate you amply in the future.
synonyms:
pay, recompense, reimburse, remunerate, repay
similar words:
indemnify, make amends, make up, offset, redress, refund, requite, reward, satisfy
definition 3: to counterbalance, as a physical force.
synonyms:
counterbalance, counterpoise, countervail, counterweigh
similar words:
balance, counteract, offset
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derivation: compensator (n.)