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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
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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.
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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The compensative quantization strategy needs to be employed to remove the inherent regularity.
However, this correspondence model is not always true because its reverse, the compensative model--an insecure parent-child relation leads to passionate Christian faith--occurs as well (Buxant, Saroglou, & Tesser, 2010; Granqvist, 1998; Kirkpatrick & Shaver, 1990; McDonald et al, 2005; Miner, 2009).
Compensative efforts on his behalf through publication of incomplete or revisionist versions of selected discourses further compromised his reputation as orator.
TiborNavracsics, the Deputy Prime Minister has declared in an interview that the criticism of the present Hungarian government has only been a compensative activity for the EU, or just a pseudoaction of the EU suffering from its own crisis.
As mentioned above, at this point the strength training comes into the game as compensative physical work that can cancel any muscular alteration to transmute the athlete in a real racing machine on the playing field.
For the ss-helix, however, the situation is more complicated due to the additional y-dipole-components and their opposite to [E.sub.px], [] compensative response [], [].
Pedrycz, "Generalized means as model of compensative connectives," Fuzzy Sets and Systems, vol.
From the graph of interaction effect (see Figure 1), it appears that there is a compensative interaction, where accumulated hours of provider training compensate for the providers' high stress level.
Second, through a case study context we demonstrate a comprehensive framework of compensative strategies that contain three types of work change organization improving strategies and an income security strategy.
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In addition, the final statement of the GCC Summit approved unified laws for anti-dumping and finding the necessary precautionary and compensative measure.
Meanwhile it is the compensative strategies that the ankle dorsiflexion moments and hip extension summit rockets sharply.
Their responses to the 50 items on the questionnaire were totaled and sets of scores were obtained for overall, direct, indirect, memory, cognitive, compensative, metacognitive, social, and affective strategies.