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



BrE BrE//ˈrekəmpens//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekəmpens//
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[uncountable] recompense (for something/somebody) (formal) something, usually money, that you are given because you have suffered in some way, or as a payment for something There must be adequate recompense for workers who lose their jobs. I received $1 000 in recompense for loss of earnings. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from the verb recompenser ‘do a favour to requite a loss’, from late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- ‘again’ (also expressing intensive force) + compensare ‘weigh one thing against another’.Extra examples He was given £1 000 in recompense for his loss. She received a gift as recompense. Substantial damages were paid in recompense. recompense from the government I received $1 000 from the company in recompense for loss of earnings.
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