compensate

Compensate is about correcting for an imbalance. If you step in an unmarked pothole, the city may compensate you by paying your doctor bills treating a broken ankle.

Compensate can also mean "to adjust for." So, if you did stumble into the pothole and injure your left leg, then you might compensate by leaning heavily on your right leg. Increasingly, compensate is used in place of pay. Day laborers are paid for their time, but executives are more likely to be compensated with a suite that includes salary and other benefits––what is commonly referred to as a compensation package.

Definitions of compensate
  1. verb
    make amends for; pay compensation for
    “She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident”
    synonyms: indemnify, recompense, repair
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    types:
    give
    deliver in exchange or recompense
    type of:
    pay
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  2. verb
    make reparations or amends for
    synonyms: correct, redress, right
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    Antonyms:
    wrong
    treat unjustly; do wrong to
    types:
    over-correct, overcompensate
    make excessive corrections for fear of making an error
    aby, abye, atone, expiate
    make amends for
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    make payment to; compensate
    synonyms: recompense, remunerate
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    types:
    recoup, reimburse
    reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
    type of:
    pay
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  4. verb
    do or give something to somebody in return
    synonyms: make up, pay, pay off
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    type of:
    settle
    dispose of; make a financial settlement
  5. verb
    adjust for
    synonyms: correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
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    types:
    carry
    compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
    cover, overcompensate
    make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
    type of:
    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
  6. verb
    make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
    “he is compensating for being a bad father”
    synonyms: cover, overcompensate
    cover, insure, underwrite
    protect by insurance
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