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compromise

noun [C]  /ˈkɑm·prəˌmɑɪz/ us  

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.

compromise

verb  /ˈkɑm·prəˌmɑɪz/ us  

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.
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