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English definition of “compensate”

compensate

verb  /ˈkɑm·pənˌseɪt/ us  

compensate verb (PAY MONEY)

[T] to pay someone money in exchange for work done, for something lost or damaged, or for some inconvenience: Our company tries to keep salaries low, and they compensate employees more with bonuses.

compensate verb (EXCHANGE)

[I] to take the place of something useful or needed with something else of similar value: When you have a disability, you learn to compensate by doing other things well.
compensatory
adjective /kəmˈpen·səˌtɔr·i, -toʊr·i/
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