Definitions of compensate

  1. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; " he is compensating for being a bad father"
  2. make payment to; compensate; " My efforts were not remunerated"
  3. 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"
  4. do or give something to somebody in return; " Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
  5. make reparations or amends for; " right a wrong"
  6. make up for, make good
  7. adjust or make up for; " engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"
  8. To make equal return to; to remunerate; to recompense; to give an equivalent to; to requite suitably; as, to compensate a laborer for his work, or a merchant for his losses.
  9. To be equivalent in value or effect to; to counterbalance; to make up for; to make amends for.
  10. To make amends; to supply an equivalent; -- followed by for; as, nothing can compensate for the loss of reputation.
  11. To make a fit return for; to recompense; make amends for.
  12. To make amends.
  13. Compensatory.
  14. Compensator.
  15. To reward suitably for service rendered: to make amends for loss sustained: to recompense: to counterbalance.
  16. To give value for; reward suitably; make amends.
  17. To make payment to or for; requite; repay.
  18. To make amends for; counter balance.
  19. To give equal value for; to recompense; to make up or make amends for.
  20. To give equal value to; to recompense; to make amends for.

Usage examples for compensate

  1. But doubts perplexing hover'd o'er my mind, Whether to chuse the aid of horse or wind; That suits the best with bards of place and state, This must be needy Rhymers compensate, Since Jove his ancient bounty has deny'd, And grants no modern Pegasus to ride. – The Poems of Philip Freneau, Volume I (of III) by Philip Freneau
  2. To compensate for numbers, intelligence and faith were represented in the meeting. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  3. The consolation thus afforded, however, followed as it was by remorse of conscience, did not compensate him for the loss of standing in the church, which to him was a social club as well as a religious temple. – The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
  4. I cannot afford to lose fifty dollars; but to prosecute thee will not compensate me for the loss. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  5. Disinfection cannot compensate for want of cleanliness nor of ventilation. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  6. As it is necessary to make provision to compensate the owners of such vessels for performing that service after April, 1885, it is hoped that the whole subject will receive early consideration that will lead to the enactment of such measures for the revival of our merchant marine as the wisdom of Congress may devise. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. I am no better in that respect than Louis, and he has gifts that compensate for any lack. – The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
  8. No greatness in the manner can effectually compensate for the want of proper dimensions. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  9. But I want enough to have a ripping good time to compensate for staying away so long." – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  10. I think they torment, because- how shall I express it- the idea is entirely original- in order to compensate themselves in advance for the rights which they lose later. – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  11. Then when Aunt Eloise went out to join her sister, the Thorn Street house was left to Eveley, and other property given to Winifred to compensate. – Eve to the Rescue by Ethel Hueston
  12. But no child can compensate a parent for a parent's care. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  13. The novelties of the position went far to compensate them for its drawbacks. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  14. Its futile heat would but poorly compensate for its superior radiance. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  15. " You can't compensate a man," returned Northway, " for an injury of this kind." – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  16. Either Number 12 or Number 14 would be better, for both of them looked on the street, and the bright evening light and the pretty view would more than compensate him for the additional amount of noise. – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James