Meaning of “compromise” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/

B2 to agree to something that is not exactly what you want:

The president may be willing to compromise in order to pass the bill.
I never compromise on fresh ingredients.
compromise yourself

to do something dishonest or embarrassing that makes people stop admiring you


to do something that does not agree with what you believe in:

I refuse to compromise my principles.
HARM [ T ] formal

to have a harmful effect on something:

The trial has been seriously compromised by sensational media coverage.

(Definition of “compromise verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)