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.

Primary Meanings of compensate

1.
v
make amends for; pay compensation for
2.
v
adjust for
Full Definitions of compensate
1

v make amends for; pay compensation for

“She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident”
Synonyms:
indemnify, recompense, repair
Types:
give
deliver in exchange or recompense
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v make reparations or amends for

Synonyms:
correct, redress, right
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

v make payment to; compensate

Synonyms:
recompense, remunerate
Types:
recoup, reimburse
reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v do or give something to somebody in return

Synonyms:
make up, pay, pay off
Type of:
settle
dispose of; make a financial settlement
2

v adjust for

Synonyms:
correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
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

v 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
Type of:
correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
adjust for

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