AskDefine | Define compensate

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1 adjust or make up for; "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance" [syn: counterbalance, correct, even out, even off, even up]
2 make amends for; pay compensation for; "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich"; "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident" [syn: 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" [syn: cover, overcompensate]
4 make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust" [syn: right, redress, correct] [ant: wrong]
5 do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?" [syn: pay, pay off, make up]
6 make payment to; compensate; "My efforts were not remunerated" [syn: recompense, remunerate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈkɒmpənseɪt/
  • (US) /"kAmp@nseIt/


  1. To pay someone in exchange for work done or some other consideration.
    It is hard work, but they will compensate you well for it.
  2. To make up for; to do something in place of something else; to correct or fill.
    He tries to use a loud voice to compensate for a lack of personality.


To pay someone in exchange for work done or some other consideration
To make up for; to do something in place of something else; to correct or fill
Translations to be checked



  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, compensare#Italian|compensare

Extensive Definition

Compensation can refer to...
compensate in German: Kompensation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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