Definition of compensate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    compensate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈkɑmpənˌseɪt//
     
    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 for 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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