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

     

    compromise

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪz//
     
     
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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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting mutual consent to arbitration): from Old French compromis, from late Latin compromissum ‘a consent to arbitration’, neuter past participle of compromittere, from com- ‘together’ + promittere ‘put forth, promise’, from pro- ‘forward’ + mittere ‘send’.Extra examples After much discussion, she offered a compromise. He might be an attractive compromise candidate if both sides’ first choices are rejected. I’m not making any more compromises. It is best to try to seek a compromise rather than a perfect solution. It was a fair compromise between the two sides. There could be no compromise with the nationalists. They came to a compromise over the exact amount to be paid. They’re still trying to work out an acceptable compromise. After lengthy talks the two sides finally reached a compromise. In any relationship, you have to make compromises.
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