to do something that corrects a bad situation synonym compensate Nothing can make up for the loss of a child. After all the delays, we were anxious to make up for lost time. Her enthusiasm makes up for her lack of experience. A warm and sunny September made up for a miserable wet August.
to do something for somebody or give them something because you have caused them trouble, suffering or disappointment and wish to show that you are sorry synonym compensate How can I make up for the way I've treated you? (informal) I'll make it up to you, I promise.