compensate: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kom'pun-sāt"), [key]
— v., -sat•ed, -sat•ing.
- to recompense for something: They gave him ten dollars to compensate him for his trouble.
- to counterbalance; offset; be equivalent to: He compensated his homely appearance with great personal charm.
- to counterbalance (a force or the like); adjust or construct so as to offset or counterbalance variations or produce equilibrium.
- to change the gold content of (a monetary unit) to counterbalance price fluctuations and thereby stabilize its purchasing power.
- to provide or be an equivalent; make up; make amends (usually fol. by for): His occasional courtesies did not compensate for his general rudeness.
- to develop or employ mechanisms of compensation.
- compensate (Thesaurus)