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Meaning of “compensate” in the English Dictionary

"compensate" in British English

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compensateverb

uk   /ˈkɒm.pən.seɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
  • compensate verb (PAY MONEY)

C1 [T] to ​pay someone ​money in ​exchange for something that has been ​lost or ​damaged or for some ​problem: Victims of the ​crash will be compensated fortheirinjuries.
  • compensate verb (EXCHANGE)

C2 [I] to ​provide something good or ​useful in ​place of something or to make someone ​feelbetter about something that has ​failed or been ​lost or ​missed: Nothing will ​ever compensate for his ​lostchildhood. 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 ​drivingfast to compensate.
(Definition of compensate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compensate" in American English

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compensateverb

 us   /ˈkɑm·pənˌseɪt/
  • compensate verb (PAY MONEY)

[T] to ​pay someone ​money in ​exchange for ​work done, for something ​lost or ​damaged, or for some ​inconvenience: Our ​companytries to ​keepsalarieslow, and they compensate employees more with ​bonuses.
  • compensate verb (EXCHANGE)

[I] to take the ​place of something ​useful or ​needed with something ​else of ​similarvalue: When you have a ​disability, you ​learn to compensate by doing other things well.
compensatory
adjective  /kəmˈpen·səˌtɔr·i, -toʊr·i/
(Definition of compensate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"compensate" in Business English

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compensateverb

uk   us   /ˈkɒmpənseɪt/
[T] LAW, INSURANCE to ​pay someone ​money for something that has been ​lost or ​damaged: The ​government may compensate ​workers whose ​pensions have been ​lost. Farmers will be compensated for any animals that are slaughtered.
[T] HR, WORKPLACE to ​pay someone ​money for ​work that has been done: Corporations often rely on ​stockoptions to compensate ​executives. Employees must be compensated for any ​extrahoursworked.
[I] to ​provide something to ​reduce the ​effect of something that has been ​lost or ​damaged: The ​company is planting trees to compensate for the greenhouse ​gasgenerated by ​airplaneflights.
(Definition of compensate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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