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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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Several different preventative methods and corrective procedures have been introduced to compensate for errors caused by camera shake.
For instance, Type P valves provide an excellent way to compensate for pressure fluctuations within a plumbing system when a toilet is flushed or an appliance is turned on, but they cannot make adjustments for either sudden or gradual changes in supply temperature.
Experienced pilots unconsciously feel the natural/predictable modes of an aircraft and successfully compensate for poor handling qualities.
However, the balance of the payment could not be deducted, because the parties did not show they intended it to compensate for loss.
The pattern of a part to be cast is made slightly larger in dimension than the desired part to compensate for shrinkage.
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 for insulin resistance, the body secretes more and more, but it can't keep up.
In this case, no new areas of heightened neural activity compensate for the effects of sleepiness.
In addition, the company increases (grosses up) the payment to the employee to compensate for excise taxes.
Tropos developed the AMCE software, which runs on Tropos MetroMesh routers, to compensate for the wide variations in Wi-Fi devices that use metro-scale mesh networks.
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.
We found that people compensate for solid, but not liquid, calories," says Mattes.
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.