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. make reparations or amends for; " right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
  8. adjust or make up for; " engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"
  9. 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.
  10. To be equivalent in value or effect to; to counterbalance; to make up for; to make amends for.
  11. To make amends; to supply an equivalent; -- followed by for; as, nothing can compensate for the loss of reputation.
  12. To make a fit return for; to recompense; make amends for.
  13. To make amends.
  14. Compensatory.
  15. Compensator.
  16. To reward suitably for service rendered: to make amends for loss sustained: to recompense: to counterbalance.
  17. To give value for; reward suitably; make amends.
  18. To make payment to or for; requite; repay.
  19. To make amends for; counter balance.
  20. To give equal value for; to recompense; to make up or make amends for.
  21. 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. But I want enough to have a ripping good time to compensate for staying away so long." – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  3. " You can't compensate a man," returned Northway, " for an injury of this kind." – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  4. 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
  5. To compensate for numbers, intelligence and faith were represented in the meeting. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  6. Its futile heat would but poorly compensate for its superior radiance. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  7. 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
  8. No amount of costly after- service will compensate for the lack of it. –  by
  9. 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
  10. The salvage is likely to far more than compensate Mr. Allen for the loss of his yacht. – A Desperate Voyage by Edward Frederick Knight
  11. Jacob offered to replace, as far as he could, the value of this ring; but in Lady de Brantefield's opinion nothing could compensate for its loss. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. I gave Loose $ 250, which was to compensate him in full for the articles and his running expenses. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  15. 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
  16. Disinfection cannot compensate for want of cleanliness nor of ventilation. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  17. The novelties of the position went far to compensate them for its drawbacks. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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