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Definition of compromise noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an agreement made between two people or groups in which each side gives up some of the things they want so that both sides are happy at the end After lengthy talks the two sides finally reached a compromise. In any relationship, you have to make compromises. a compromise solution/agreement/candidate
  2. 2[countable] compromise (between A and B) a solution to a problem in which two or more things cannot exist together as they are, in which each thing is reduced or changed slightly so that they can exist together This model represents the best compromise between price and quality.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of reaching a compromise Compromise is an inevitable part of life. There is no prospect of compromise in sight.
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