compromise Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"compromise" in British English

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compromisenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒm.prə.maɪz/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
B2 an ​agreement in an ​argument in which the ​peopleinvolvedreducetheirdemands or ​changetheiropinion in ​order to ​agree: It is ​hoped that a compromise will be reached in today's ​talks. In a compromise betweenmanagement and ​unions, a four ​percentpayrise was ​agreed in ​return for an ​increase in ​productivity. The ​government has said that there will be no compromise withterrorists.
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uk   /ˈkɒm.prə.maɪz/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/

compromise verb (AGREEMENT)

B2 [I] to ​accept that you will ​reduceyourdemands or ​changeyouropinion 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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compromise verb (LOWER STANDARDS)

[T] disapproving to ​allowyourprinciples to be less ​strong or ​yourstandards or ​morals to be ​lower: Don't compromise ​your beliefs/​principles for the ​sake of being ​accepted. If we back down on this ​issue, ​our reputation will be compromised. His ​politicalcareerended when he compromised himself by ​acceptingbribes.

compromise verb (HARM)

C2 [T] to ​risk having a ​harmfuleffect on something: We would never compromise the ​safety of ​ourpassengers.
(Definition of compromise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​cleanerfuel but have more ​time to do it.


 us   /ˈkɑm·prəˌmɑɪz/

compromise verb (LOWER STANDARDS)

[T] to ​lower or ​weakenstandards: His ​opponentscharged that the ​deal would compromise ​conservativeprinciples.

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)

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uk   us   /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/
[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 ​workinglonghours to ​try to ​reach a compromise.acceptable/good/reasonable compromise A ​deal will ​stick only if the vast ​majority of ​bondholdersaccept 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.


uk   us   /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/
[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 ​appraisalsystem.
[I or T] to ​riskharming something: compromise (on) sth 'I believe it can be done without compromising on ​safety or ​service,' he said. His ​goal was to ​run a ​successfulbusiness 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 acuerdo mutuo, término medio…
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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