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COMPROMISE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compromise mean? 

COMPROMISE (noun)
  The noun COMPROMISE has 2 senses:

1. a middle way between two extremes
2. an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

  Familiarity information: COMPROMISE used as a noun is rare.


COMPROMISE (verb)
  The verb COMPROMISE has 3 senses:

1. make a compromise; arrive at a compromise
2. settle by concession
3. expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute

  Familiarity information: COMPROMISE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPROMISE (noun)


Sense 1compromise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A middle way between two extremes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

compromise; via media

Hypernyms ("compromise" is a kind of...):

cooperation (joint operation or action)


Sense 2compromise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An accommodation in which both sides make concessions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it 'business as usual'

Hypernyms ("compromise" is a kind of...):

accommodation (a settlement of differences)

Instance hyponyms:

Missouri Compromise (an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories)


COMPROMISE (verb)


Sense 1compromise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a compromise; arrive at a compromise

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise

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

agree (achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose)

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

give and take (make mutual concessions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2compromise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Settle by concession

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

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

determine; settle; square off; square up (settle conclusively; come to terms)

"Compromise" entails doing...:

agree; concord; concur; hold (be in accord; be in agreement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3compromise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy

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

endanger; expose; peril; queer; scupper (put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position)

Sentence frames:

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


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