Definition of “compensate” - English Dictionary

“compensate” in British English

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uk /ˈkɒm.pən.seɪt/ us /ˈkɑːm.pən.seɪt/

compensate verb (EXCHANGE)

C2 [ I ] to provide something good or useful in place of something or to make someone feel better about something that has failed or been lost or missed:

Nothing will ever compensate for his lost childhood.
His enthusiasm more than compensates for his lack of experience.
I took her swimming to compensate for having missed out on the cinema.
We were late and I was driving fast to compensate.

(Definition of “compensate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“compensate” in American English

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us /ˈkɑm·pənˌseɪt/

compensate verb (PAY MONEY)

[ T ] to pay someone money in exchange for work done, for something lost or damaged, or for some inconvenience:

Our company tries to keep salaries low, and they compensate employees more with bonuses.

compensate verb (EXCHANGE)

[ I ] to take the place of something useful or needed with something else of similar value:

When you have a disability, you learn to compensate by doing other things well.
compensatory
adjective /kəmˈpen·səˌtɔr·i, -toʊr·i/

(Definition of “compensate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“compensate” in Business English

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uk /ˈkɒmpənseɪt/ us

[ T ] LAW, INSURANCE to pay someone money for something that has been lost or damaged:

The government may compensate workers whose pensions have been lost.
Farmers will be compensated for any animals that are slaughtered.

[ T ] HR, WORKPLACE to pay someone money for work that has been done:

Corporations often rely on stock options to compensate executives.
Employees must be compensated for any extra hours worked.

[ I ] to provide something to reduce the effect of something that has been lost or damaged:

The company is planting trees to compensate for the greenhouse gas generated by airplane flights.

(Definition of “compensate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)