Definition of compensation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmpenˈseɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmpenˈseɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] compensation (for something) something, especially money, that somebody gives you because they have hurt you, or damaged something that you own; the act of giving this to somebody to claim/award/receive compensation to pay compensation for injuries at work to receive £10 000 in compensation. She received a cash sum by way of compensation.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] compensation (for something) things that make a bad situation better I wish I were young again, but getting older has its compensations.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin compensatio(n-), from the verb compensare ‘weigh against’, from com- ‘together’ + pensare (frequentative of pendere ‘weigh’).Extra examples She got some compensation for damages. She received £7 000 as compensation for her injuries. The money was small compensation for unfair dismissal. They will have to pay £5 000 in compensation. compensation from the government compensation to Mrs Parker the rules used for determining compensation Compensation has cost the company a lot of money. He has made a compensation claim to an industrial tribunal. The businesses that had to relocate received £10 000 each in compensation from the local council. The court awarded her compensation of £58 000 for unfair dismissal. The employer has a duty to pay full compensation for injuries received at work.
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