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compensate -- as in: he compensates with extra effort
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as in: he compensates with extra effort Define
make up for; or adjust for
  • She uses several techniques to help compensate for her dyslexia.
  • She’s not as quick, but he more than compensates with extra effort.
  • The pay isn’t great, but the job offers other compensations.
  • My daily vows rose for revenge—a deep and deadly revenge, such as would alone compensate for the outrages and anguish I had endured.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • It had been preached by kings and aristocrats and by the priests, lawyers, and the like who were parasitical upon them, and it had generally been softened by promises of compensation in an imaginary world beyond the grave.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • They had had a hard year, and after the sale of part of the hay and corn, the stores of food for the winter were none too plentiful, but the windmill compensated for everything.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The fact that Aunty was a good cook was some compensation for being forced to spend a religious holiday with Francis Hancock.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The boots ... are much too big for him. But as a compensation the cap is too small,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Because he still held Ender’s head to the floor, the boy couldn’t use his arms to compensate, and his legs hit the surface with a loud crack and a sickening pain.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The gratification afforded by the triumph was a full compensation for whatever else might follow, even death itself.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • My head keeps turning to the injured side, as my right ear tries to compensate for the wall of nothingness where yesterday there was a constant flow of information.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • PROCTOR, with draining anger—his curiosity is draining it: And what of these proceedings here? When will you proceed to keep this house, as you are paid nine pound a year to do—and my wife not wholly well?
    As though to compensate, Mary Warren goes to Elizabeth with a small rag doll.
    MARY WARREN: I made a gift for you today, Goody Proctor.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • …Phineas in exaltation, balancing on one foot on the prow of a canoe like a river god, his raised arms invoking the air to support him, face transfigured, body a complex set of balances and compensations, each muscle aligned in perfection with all the others to maintain this supreme fantasy of achievement, his skin glowing from immersions, his whole body hanging between river and sky as though he had transcended gravity and might by gently pushing upward with his foot glide a little way higher and remain suspended in space, encompassing all the glory of the summer and offering it to the sky.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Could I be getting smarter to compensate for my hideousness?
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • "You’re going to be taking two hundred milligrams each time," he said, "so go to about two twenty-five milligrams to compensate for any air bubbles."
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • "You are stuck with me. If it is any compensation," he added, "I am none too fond of you, either."
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • The winter, however, was spent cheerfully; and although the spring was uncommonly late, when it came its beauty compensated for its dilatoriness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • So strong was my desire, that I thought a gratification of it would fully compensate for whatever loss of comforts I should sustain by the exchange.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Some slaveholders thought it not much loss to allow Mr. Covey to have their slaves one year, for the sake of the training to which they were subjected, without any other compensation.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • There were compensations.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Your body is finding ways to compensate, that’s all.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It was almost compensation for my suffering to witness, once more, a manifestation of kindness from this, my once affectionate old mistress.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • But the beauty and regularity of the new town of Edinburgh, its romantic castle and its environs, the most delightful in the world, Arthur’s Seat, St. Bernard’s Well, and the Pentland Hills compensated him for the change and filled him with cheerfulness and admiration.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The fact that I had a permanent fiance was little compensation for his absence: I had never thought about it, but summer was Dill by the fishpool smoking string, Dill’s eyes alive with complicated plans to make Boo Radley emerge; summer was the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking, the longings we sometimes felt each other feel.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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as in: he compensates with extra effort Define
make up for; or adjust for
as in: she is generously compensated Define
to make payment to someone (often in amends for a loss or inconvenience they suffered)
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