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compensate for (something)

1. To offset (or attempt to offset) something. His sudden honesty cannot compensate for all the lies he told me over the past year.
2. To reimburse someone for something. In this usage, the recipient is named between "compensate" and "for." If you take the job, we will compensate you for all of your relocation expenses.
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compensate for something

to counterbalance or counteract something; to make up for something. Your present kindness will not compensate for your previous rudeness.
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compensate someone for something

to pay someone [back] money for something. Don't worry. I will compensate you for your loss. Let us compensate you for your expenses.
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Yet our own government, a government that claims to support veterans and care for them, decided not to compensate their own European ex-prisoners of war.
On Monday, RIM promised to give $100 of free apps to every BlackBerry smartphone user to compensate for four days of disruption last week, while some operators gave customers free BlackBerry access for a limited period.
Hybrid IS also employs a newly developed algorithm that combines the output of the two sensors and moves the lens elements to compensate for both types of movement.
This compensates for downward angle, allowing you to use a laser rangefinder directly on deer without the need to aim low on the target.
Type T, or thermostatic mixing valves, compensate for both fluctuations in temperature and pressure (though to a lesser degree than Type P valves for pressure).
The court noted that under the FLSA, employers are not required to compensate employees for "walking, riding, or traveling to and from the actual place of the performance of the principal activity or activities which such employee is required to perform.
Marootian, along with 12 other plaintiffs, filed suit in November 1999 in federal District Court in Los Angeles, asking that New York Life divulge the names of Armenians who purchased life insurance policies in the Ottoman Empire and to properly compensate the beneficiaries of those policies.
New test pilots generally complained about the roll rate and its attendant PIO during landing approach, but they quickly learned to compensate.
g3(h) deduction when the warrants were exercised, but the Tax Court disagreed; it held that the warrants did not fall under that provision, because they were not issued for services, but to compensate the individuals for additional risk.
If the casting volume is small, the other gating components may provide adequate feed metal to compensate for shrinkage.
Some groups sharing profits on relative productivity compensate their leaders for lost clinical time by "grossing up" their normal production.
Pre-compensation can be turned off when receivers are used that compensate for the high-frequency roll-off of the cable and backplane.
The jaws of the retractable jaw chuck extend and retract to enable the turning of shafts in a single operation and also compensate for part irregularities.
To compensate, the pancreas secretes more and more.
This response may reflect the recruitment of a brain system to compensate, at least in part, for neural losses sparked by sleepiness, they suggest.