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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 FLSA requires that covered employees be compensated for overtime at the rate of one and one-half times their regular hourly wage.
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There is no doubt that there are costs associated with terminating calls to ISPs, and CLECs should be fairly compensated for terminating them.
This is in stark contrast with the present OpenSource/Free Software environment, where programmers are often not materially compensated for their work.
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The Model 2182 will provide the voltage at each step, compensated for offset voltages, without additional processing.