• WordNet 3.6
    • v compensate make payment to; compensate "My efforts were not remunerated"
    • v compensate make amends for; pay compensation for "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich","She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"
    • v compensate do or give something to somebody in return "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
    • v compensate make reparations or amends for "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"
    • v compensate adjust for "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"
    • v compensate make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities "he is compensating for being a bad father"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compensate To be equivalent in value or effect to; to counterbalance; to make up for; to make amends for. "The length of the night and the dews thereof do compensate the heat of the day.""The pleasures of life do not compensate the miseries."
    • v. i Compensate To make amends; to supply an equivalent; -- followed by for; as, nothing can compensate for the loss of reputation.
    • Compensate To make equal return to; to remunerate; to recompense; to give an equivalent to; to requite suitably; as, to compensate a laborer for his work, or a merchant for his losses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • compensate To give a substitute of equal value to; give an equivalent to; recompense: as, to compensate a laborer for his work or a merchant for his losses.
    • compensate To make up for; counterbalance; make amends for.
    • compensate In mech., to construct so as to effect compensation for the results of variations of temperature. See compensation, 4.
    • compensate Synonyms Recompense, Remunerate, etc. (see indemnify), reward.
    • compensate To supply or serve as an equivalent; make amends; atone: followed by for: as, what can compensate for the loss of honor?
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Compensate kom′pen-sāt or kom-pen′sāt to reward suitably: to make amends for: to recompense: to counterbalance
    • v.t Compensate kom′pen-sāt or kom-pen′sāt, to reward suitably: to make amends for: to recompense: to counterbalance
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “Getting talked about is one of the penalties for being pretty, while being above suspicion is about the only compensation for being homely.”
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    “It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
  • Harding Lawrence
    Harding Lawrence
    “Don't set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compensatus, p. p. of compensare, prop., to weigh several things with one another, to balance with one another, verb intens. fr. compendere,. See Compendium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. com, inten., and pensāre, freq. of pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

To meet this compensation 'State urbarial bonds' were created and apportioned; they bear five per cent.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
The law of compensation is as certain in its action as that of gravitation, though it is not so widely understood.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Apparently to compensate for having no breakfast, the Battalion was halted in an orchard.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
Rip cut his jets in to compensate, and saw Dowst do the same.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
No compensation, no consideration, was given or stipulated for them.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
Justice demands a "quid pro quo," it exacts a just compensation for services rendered.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The law of compensation.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
One inspiring chapter in the compensations of life is the record of immortal verses that were sorrow-born.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
Really, I ought to have the shirts that were bet, as a compensation for what I have suffered.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
Compensation for damage by troops 175 9.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

In poetry:

"With me, sir, you shall be interred,
A mausoleum grand awaits me."
"Oh, pray don't say another word,
I'm sure that more than compensates me.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of social scenes, home-bred delights,
That him in aught compensate may
For Stowey's pleasant winter nights,
For loves and friendships far away?
"To Charles Lloyd: An Unexpected Visitor" by Charles Lamb
Yet o'er the wreck which time has wrought
A sweet, consoling ray is shimmered--
The one but compensating thought
That literary life has glimmered.
"The Dying Year" by Eugene Field
"Die in thy shame," said Fate,
"Die in thy shame!
Naught here can compensate
But the proud radiance of that glorious flame,
Genius: fade, thou, unconsecrate!"
"A Passing Voice" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
III Compensation That nothing here may want its praise,
Know, she who in her dress reveals
A fine and modest taste, displays
More loveliness than she conceals.
"The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto IV." by Coventry Patmore
Heaven has received him as a welcome guest,
Balming earth's tie with compensating rest,
Healing earth's grievous wound with sure content,
The sense of home after long banishment.
"Bishop Daniel A. Payne (Deceased)." by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

'Contributory fault' prevents victims from receiving compensation even if they deserve it.
BP hires Cozen O'Connor to devise compensation plan in Deepwater Horizon spill.
BP has established a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Gulf Coast disaster.
Under the House-passed bill, these "small" companies would be exempted from rules requiring that they disclose the compensation of executives and other insiders or that they give shareholders the right to approve such compensation.
Cronyism and Executive Compensation.
The pilot failed to adequately compensate for strong crosswinds.
The window for short-term compensation claims to BP's $20 billion oil spill disaster fund closed on Tuesday.
Strategic planning, financial forecasting, investor relations, compensation and benefits design.
Thanks to the pension crisis, the public-sector should prepare for a 'lost decade' of compensation correction.
Schools can't compensate for deficient parenting.
Brad Hirschfield discusses the bullied bus monitor, if we're over compensating her, what should happen to the kids, and more.
Since 1978, productivity in the nonfarm business sector is up 86% but real compensation per hour is up just 37.
The returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perks.
While "family" is defined in such legislation as the Fair Housing Act, the crime victim's compensation fund, and for the purposes of juvenile and domestic relations court, there is no all- encompassing (more).
One was about a local mobile home park owner making $6,225 million from the sale, while giving no compensation to the homeowners who are being forced out.

In science:

In this case it obviously compensates the normalization factor N .
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
However, the smallness of the current is compensated by the factor 1/k+ in the light-cone gauge propagator.
Parton Saturation-An Overview
In the latter context we define the time of maximum return (”compensation time”) which generalizes the notion of ”echo time”.
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading
This is demonstrated for the prototype random-matrix Wigner model, where the compensation time and the system response exhibit a non-universal scaling behavior.
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading
In this context we define the time of maximum return (”compensation time”), which constitutes a generalization of the notion of ”echo time”.
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading