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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.
See also: compensate, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

compensate for something

to counterbalance or counteract something; to make up for something. Your present kindness will not compensate for your previous rudeness.
See also: compensate, for

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.
See also: compensate, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said last week that implementing Papadopoulos's proposal would require generating e1/41bn per year to compensate affected depositors and investors over the next 20 years.
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.
For example, if the government takes land over 10,000 square meters, but only ends up using up to 12 percent of it for the actual needed development (while still retaining the rest), then it is only required to compensate owners for that proportion of the land that is actually developed, even if the undeveloped land remains in control of the government.
A number of techniques can selectively compensate key employees of a C corporation on a tax-favored basis.
ASSE 1016 recognizes three basic types of bath and shower valves (figure 3): those that compensate for pressure changes only, known as Type P; those that compensate for temperature changes and, to a lesser degree, pressure fluctuations (Type T); and those known as "combination valves," or Type T/P, a hybrid of both pressure-balancing and thermostatic performance regulatory mechanisms.
(4) To fairly compensate employees and avoid the consequences that may flow from miscalculation of wages, administrators must have a working knowledge of who is covered by the FLSA, what activities of covered workers must be compensated, what constitutes overtime under the FLSA, how much a covered employee must be paid for any overtime, and when a police agency can give a covered employee compensatory hours off in lieu of paying overtime wages.
Test pilots were able to compensate sufficiently to fly and meet defined performance standards on intentionally crippled aircraft flight control designs.
For the second step, Stark, "the issue is how can we equitably compensate physicians so that it's not based on the volume or value of referrals," says Tinsley.
The second component is designed to compensate for the cost to PPC of water-resource management and irrigation work imposed on it by the Greek State in conjunction with the construction of the power stations.
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.
in order to compensate victims elsewhere in Canada.
Kusters' Swimming Roll (S-Roll) is the pioneering invention making it possible to compensate for roll deflections regarding nip forces, which allowed the building of wide and fast paper machines.
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