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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 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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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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The typical approach used up to now has been to observe the output signal of the transmitter and compensate for signal distortions there in order to have the transmitter provide the highest quality signal possible.
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.
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).
Experienced pilots unconsciously feel the natural/predictable modes of an aircraft and successfully compensate for poor handling qualities.
If the casting volume is small, the other gating components may provide adequate feed metal to compensate for shrinkage.
Signals and clocks will double in speed to 160-MHz; the higher speed will lead to a much higher roll-off in the cables and backplanes (the receiver is the best place to compensate for the roll-off).
Alterations of brain activity in sleepy people may reflect the use of new cortical areas to compensate for neural losses elsewhere, Dinges says.
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.
The union] paid damages to compensate for its unfair and arbitrary treatment of Banks[,] conduct that [was] found to be in bad faith and in violation of the [u]nion's duty to fairly represent Banks.
The exciting part was that it only took a few days for the chicks' eyes to compensate for the blur created by the lenses," says Wallman.
Where the taxpayer has the right to receive insurance proceeds that would compensate for the loss, the loss suffered by the taxpayer is not damage to property caused by the casualty.