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Verb: compensate  'kóm-pun,seyt or 'kóm,pen,seyt
  1. Adjust for
    "engineers will work to compensate the effects of air resistance";
    - counterbalance, correct, make up, even out, even off, even up
  2. Make amends for; pay compensation for
    "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident";
    - recompense, repair, indemnify
  3. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
    "he is compensating for being a bad father";
    - cover, overcompensate
  4. Make reparations or amends for
    "compensate a wrong done to the victims of the Holocaust";
    - right, redress, correct
  5. Do or give something to somebody in return
    "Does she compensate you for the work you are doing?";
    - pay, pay off, make up
  6. Make payment to; compensate
    "My efforts were not compensated";
    - recompense, remunerate

Derived forms: compensates, compensated, compensating

Type of: alter, balance, change, equilibrate, equilibrise [Brit], equilibrize, modify, pay, settle

Encyclopedia: Compensate