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compromise

verb
 
 
/ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/
AGREE [I] 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.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
compromise yourself to do something dishonest or embarrassing that makes people stop admiring youHumiliating and degrading
BELIEFS [T] to do something that does not agree with what you believe in: I refuse to compromise my principles.Accepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
HARM [T] formal to have a harmful effect on something: The trial has been seriously compromised by sensational media coverage.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of compromise verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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