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compromise (on something) with (someone)
To reach an agreement in which both sides make concessions. I'm sorry, but I'm not willing to compromise with you to live in this seedy neighborhood. For dinner tonight, I compromised on dinner with my husband. This means that we'll have tacos tonight and my pick tomorrow—Italian!
See also: compromise
compromise (with) (one's) principles
To forsake, ignore, or otherwise go against one's fundamental beliefs or virtues. I never thought he would compromise his principles just to get ahead in business like that. Jane felt really guilty about compromising with her principles when she didn't turn her friends into the police after she saw them stealing.
compromise on (something)
To reach an agreement in which both sides make concessions. Living in this seedy neighborhood is not something I'm willing to compromise on. We couldn't agree on what to have for dinner, so we compromised on tacos tonight and Italian tomorrow.
reach a compromise
To achieve an agreement that includes benefits and concessions for both parties. After nearly three days of negotiations, we finally reached a compromise and began moving forward with the merger. You've got to learn to reach compromises if you want your marriage to succeed.
compromise on someone or something (with someone)and compromise (on someone or something) with someone
to reach agreement with someone on a disputed matter concerning someone or something; to make concessions to someone on some point concerning someone or something. I intend to compromise on this matter with them. Are you going to compromise with me on this issue?
reach a compromise
to achieve a compromise; to negotiate an agreement. After many hours of discussion, we finally reached a compromise. We were unable to reach a compromise and quit trying.