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compensate

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1  —as in:
she compensates with extra effort
Definition make up for; or adjust for
  • She uses several techniques to help compensate for her dyslexia.
compensate = make up
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She's not as quick, but she more than compensates with extra effort.
  • compensates = makes up (for it)
  • The pay isn't great, but the job offers other compensations.
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • 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
  • compensation = something that made up (for something)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • compensation = something that makes up for something else
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "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
  • compensation = something that makes up for something else
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • compensate = make up for
  • 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
  • compensate = adjust (for his awkward position)
  • ...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
  • compensations = adjustments to make up for other things
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
compensations = things to make up for something else
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)

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2  —as in:
she is generously compensated
Definition to make payment to someone
  • She is generously compensated for her work.
compensated = paid
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The company has offered to compensate everyone impacted by the defective cars.
  • compensate = make payment to
  • They sued for compensation for her injury in the accident.
  • compensation = payment
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I know you were all promised compensation for your participation in the Selection.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • compensation = payment
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • In the extremely rare instances in which the Japanese compensated the POWs for their work, payment amounted to almost nothing, equivalent to a few pennies a week.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • compensated = paid
  • He'll also bring them game ... and will probably not ask for compensation, but they should thank him with some kind of trade, like milk or medicine.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • compensation = payment
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Veterans were awarded compensation based on their level of disability, ranging from 10 percent to 100 percent.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • compensation = payment
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Please know that these women before you have all sacrificed some or all of their compensation to help fund this important program.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • compensation = payment
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Fours and Fives will continue to receive compensation, but it will be slightly less than what it has been so far.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • compensation = payment
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Like you, I long for freedom and fresh air, but I think we've been amply compensated for their loss. On the inside, I mean.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
compensated = given something in return

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