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Verb: compromise  'kóm-pru,mIz
  1. Make an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
    "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"
  2. Decide on a middle way between extremes or a balance between otherwise conflicting choices; settle for less than optimal
    "we won't compromise on safety";"
  3. Expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
    "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
Noun: compromise  'kóm-pru,mIz
  1. A middle way between two extremes
    - via media [formal], halfway house [Brit, informal]
  2. An accommodation in which both sides make concessions
    "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it 'business as usual'";
    - halfway house [Brit, informal]

Derived forms: compromised, compromising, compromises

Type of: accommodation, agree, cooperation, determine, endanger, expose, peril, queer [informal], scupper, settle, square off, square up

Encyclopedia: Compromise