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Definition of compensate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compensate
    he / she / it compensates
    past simple compensated
    -ing form compensating
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  1. 1[intransitive] compensate (for something) to provide something good to balance or reduce the bad effects of damage, loss, etc. synonym make up (to somebody) for something Nothing can compensate for the loss of a loved one.
  2. 2[transitive] compensate somebody (for something) to pay someone money because they have suffered some damage, loss, injury, etc. Her lawyers say she should be compensated for her suffering.
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