Com"pen*sate (? or ?; 277), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Compensated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Compensating.] [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.]
1. 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
2. To be equivalent in value or effect
to; to counterbalance; to make up for; to make amends
The length of the night and the dews thereof do
compensate the heat of the day.
The pleasures of life do not compensate the
Syn. -- To recompense; remunerate; indemnify; reward;
Com"pen*sate, v. i. To make
amends; to supply an equivalent; -- followed by for; as,
nothing can compensate for the loss of