- 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[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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NAmE//ˈkɑmpənˌseɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compensate
he / she / it compensates
past simple compensated
-ing form compensating