Say you loan a few bucks to a friend who is short on cash, and he wins the lottery. Presumably, he'll be able to recompense you, or pay you back what he owes.
If you look closely at recompense, you'll see how similar it is to compensate, which means to make amends for something or to pay. Add the prefix re-, which suggests returning or repeating, and you get the meaning of recompense — paying back or reimbursing financially or otherwise. Recompense is most often used as a verb, but it works as a noun, too. In recompense for throwing peas and screaming, a mother might send a toddler to her room for a time-out.
v make payment to; compensate
n payment or reward (as for service rendered)
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an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
an allowance for changes in the consumer price index
an allowance for loss due to depreciation
an amount or percentage deducted
a statistical adjustment made to accommodate predictable fluctuations as a function of the season of the year
an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods
compensation for death or injury suffered by a worker in the course of his employment
compensation paid (to someone) for damages or losses or money already spent etc.
compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)
compensation paid to the family of a murdered person
amends, damages, indemnification, indemnity, redress, restitution
a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
a compensating equivalent
(usually plural) compensation exacted from a defeated nation by the victors
compensation (given or received) for an insult or injury
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a sum of money paid or a claim discharged