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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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Experienced pilots unconsciously feel the natural/predictable modes of an aircraft and successfully compensate for poor handling qualities.
The training pattern will be changed to an alternating pattern between data lines to compensate for some of the crosstalk effects.
Alterations of brain activity in sleepy people may reflect the use of new cortical areas to compensate for neural losses elsewhere, Dinges says.
The PIA officials meet with the Finance Minster Ishaq Dar and requested him to compensate Rs 5 billion to make functional the national flag for next six month.
Spain is considering using public money to compensate those Bankia (FRA: FV0) customers who suffered losses because of alleged mis selling of bonds, according to unnamed sources in a Bloomberg report.
Summary: BEIRUT: Lebanese apple exporters called on the Lebanese state Monday to compensate them for losses incurred during the Egyptian revolt that has all but shut down that country's economy over the last two weeks.
In the 1990s the UK and Australian governments decided to compensate the Prisoners of War who were held in the Far East and rightly so, but some three years ago, following a lengthy enquiry, the Australian government recognised the fact that their Prisoners of War in Europe also suffered and they to were compensated.
In fact, a majority of REITs have already made dramatic changes or are in the process of addressing changes in their compensation programs to include pay-for-performance (PFP) features to compensate their top executives, the firm reports.
A civil penalty imposed to encourage prompt compliance with law, or as a remedial measure to compensate a third party for expenses resulting from the violation, does not serve the same purpose as a criminal fine and is outside of Sec.
The sensor also has the ability to automatically compensate for differences in the object's color and surface, the ability to track the smallest pits, surface textures and sharp increases in object height, and the capability to measure both on frosted and furbished surfaces.
The jaws of this retractable jaw chuck extend and retract to enable the turning of shafts in a single operation and also compensate for part irregularities.
Later, as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as the Star Wars program, the military studied adaptive optics as a way to compensate for atmospheric distortions when focusing a ground-based laser weapon on an incoming missile.
Obviously, this is not always the case in some industries -- particularly in those businesses that compensate employees on a commission basis.