- 1[intransitive] to give up some of your demands after a disagreement with somebody, in order to reach an agreement Neither side is prepared to compromise. compromise (with somebody) (on something) After much argument, the judges finally compromised on (= agreed to give the prize to) the 18-year old pianist. They were unwilling to compromise with the terrorists.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to do something that is against your principles or does not reach standards that you have set compromise something I refuse to compromise my principles. compromise (on something) We are not prepared to compromise on safety standards.
- 3[transitive] compromise somebody/something/yourself to bring somebody/something/yourself into danger or under suspicion, especially by acting in a way that is not very sensible She had already compromised herself by accepting his invitation. Defeat at this stage would compromise their chances (= reduce their chances) of reaching the finals of the competition. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting mutual consent to arbitration): from Old French compromis, from late Latin compromissum
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compromise
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪz//he / she / it compromises
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪzɪz//past simple compromised
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪzd//past participle compromised
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪzd//-ing form compromising
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmprəmaɪzɪŋ//