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com·pen·sate

compensate

 
 
pronunciation:
kam pn seIt
part of speech: verb
inflections: compensates, compensating, compensated
definition 1: to pay or repay.
I compensated him for the dinner he gave us.
synonyms:
repay
similar words:
make amends, make up, offset, refund, reward, satisfy
definition 2: to take the place of or make up for something (usually followed by "for").
Her experience compensates for her lack of education.
 
derivation: compensator (n.)