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English definition of “compensate”

compensate

verb [I] (EXCHANGE)    /ˈkɒm.pən.seɪt/ US  /ˈkɑːm-/
C2 to provide something good or useful in place of something or to make someone feel better about something that has failed or been lost or missed: Nothing will ever compensate for his lost childhood. His enthusiasm more than compensates for his lack of experience. I took her swimming to compensate for having missed out on the cinema. We were late and I was driving fast to compensate.Replacing and exchanging
(Definition of compensate verb (EXCHANGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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