To make equal return to; to remunerate; to recompense; to give an equivalent to; to requite suitably; as, to compensate a laborer for his work, or a merchant for his losses.
- To offset; counterbalance.
- To make satisfactory payment or reparation to; recompense or reimburse: Management compensated us for the time we worked.
- To stabilize the purchasing power of (a monetary unit) by changing the gold content in order to counterbalance price variations.
- To serve as or provide a substitute or counterbalance.