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"compromise" in British English

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compromisenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒm.prə.maɪz/ us   /ˈkɑːm.prə.maɪz/
B2 an agreement in an argument in which the people involved reduce their demands or change their opinion in order to agree: It is hoped that a compromise will be reached in today's talks. In a compromise between management and unions, a four percent pay rise was agreed in return for an increase in productivity. The government has said that there will be no compromise with terrorists.

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compromiseverb

uk   /ˈkɒm.prə.maɪz/ us   /ˈkɑːm.prə.maɪz/
  • compromise verb (AGREEMENT)

B2 [I] to accept that you will reduce your demands or change your opinion in order to reach an agreement with someone: Party unity is threatened when members will not compromise. Well, you want $400 and I say $300, so let's compromise at/on $350.

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(Definition of compromise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compromise" in American English

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compromisenoun [C]

us   /ˈkɑm·prəˌmɑɪz/
  • compromise noun [C] (AGREEMENT)

an agreement between two sides who have different opinions, in which each side gives up something it had wanted: Under the compromise, car manufacturers must use cleaner fuel but have more time to do it.

compromiseverb

us   /ˈkɑm·prəˌmɑɪz/
  • compromise verb (LOWER STANDARDS)

[T] to lower or weaken standards: His opponents charged that the deal would compromise conservative principles.
  • compromise verb (AGREE)

[I] to agree to give up something you want if the other side, which has different opinions from yours, gives up something it wants: Republicans were refusing to compromise on health-care legislation.
(Definition of compromise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"compromise" in Business English

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compromisenoun

uk   /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/ us  
[C or U] a situation in which the people or groups involved in an argument reduce their demands in order to reach an agreement: arrive at/come to/reach a compromise House and Senate staffers are working long hours to try to reach a compromise.acceptable/good/reasonable compromise A deal will stick only if the vast majority of bondholders accept it as a reasonable compromise.a compromise deal/proposal/solution Both sides in the talks are willing to seek a compromise solution.
[C] a solution to a problem that makes it possible for two or more opposite or different things to exist together: compromise between sth and sth This piece of equipment is the ideal compromise between power and portability.

compromiseverb

uk   /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/ us  
[I] to reduce your demands in order to reach an agreement: compromise (with sb) on sth They compromised with the HR department on the details of the appraisal system.
[I or T] to risk harming something: compromise (on) sth 'I believe it can be done without compromising on safety or service,' he said. His goal was to run a successful business without compromising his principles.
(Definition of compromise from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “compromise”
in Korean 타협…
in Arabic حَلّ وَسط…
in Malaysian kata sepakat…
in French compromis…
in Russian компромисс…
in Chinese (Traditional) 妥協, 折衷, 讓步…
in Italian compromesso…
in Turkish uzlaşma, uyuşma, anlaşma…
in Polish kompromis…
in Spanish compromiso, ceder, acuerdo mutuo…
in Vietnamese sự thỏa hiệp…
in Portuguese acordo, ajuste…
in Thai การประนีประนอม…
in German der Kompromiß…
in Catalan compromís…
in Japanese 妥協…
in Chinese (Simplified) 妥协, 折中, 让步…
in Indonesian kompromi…
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“compromise” in Business English

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