Compensate Com"pen*sate (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compensated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compensating}.] [L. compensatus, p. p. of compensare, prop., to weigh several things with one another, to balance with one another, verb intens. fr. compendere. See {Compendium}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To be equivalent in value or effect to; to counterbalance; to make up for; to make amends for. [1913 Webster]

The length of the night and the dews thereof do compensate the heat of the day. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The pleasures of life do not compensate the miseries. --Prior.

Syn: To recompense; remunerate; indemnify; reward; requite; counterbalance. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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