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COMPENSATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compensate mean? 

COMPENSATE (verb)
  The verb COMPENSATE has 6 senses:

1. adjust for
2. make amends for; pay compensation for
3. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
4. make reparations or amends for
5. do or give something to somebody in return
6. make payment to; compensate

  Familiarity information: COMPENSATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPENSATE (verb)


Sense 1compensate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust for

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

even up; even out; even off; counterbalance; compensate; correct; make up

Context example:

engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance

Hypernyms (to "compensate" is one way to...):

balance; equilibrate; equilibrise; equilibrize (bring into balance or equilibrium)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compensate"):

carry (compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance)

compensate; cover; overcompensate (make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2compensate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make amends for; pay compensation for

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

recompense; repair; indemnify; compensate

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "compensate" is one way to...):

pay (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compensate"):

give (deliver in exchange or recompense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 3compensate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

overcompensate; compensate; cover

Context example:

he is compensating for being a bad father

Hypernyms (to "compensate" is one way to...):

compensate; correct; counterbalance; even off; even out; even up; make up (adjust for)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4compensate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make reparations or amends for

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

right; redress; correct; compensate

Context example:

right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust

Hypernyms (to "compensate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compensate"):

over-correct; overcompensate (make excessive corrections for fear of making an error)

aby; abye; atone; expiate (make amends for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Also:

compensate (adjust for)


Sense 5compensate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do or give something to somebody in return

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

make up; pay; pay off; compensate

Context example:

Does she pay you for the work you are doing?

Hypernyms (to "compensate" is one way to...):

settle (dispose of; make a financial settlement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 6compensate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make payment to; compensate

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

remunerate; recompense; compensate

Context example:

My efforts were not remunerated

Hypernyms (to "compensate" is one way to...):

pay (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compensate"):

recoup; reimburse (reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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