Meaning of COMPENSATION in English


/ ˌkɒmpenˈseɪʃn; NAmE ˌkɑːm-/ noun compensation (for sth)


[ U , C ] something, especially money, that sb gives you because they have hurt you, or damaged sth that you own; the act of giving this to sb :

to claim / award / receive compensation

to pay compensation for injuries at work

to receive £10 000 in compensation .


[ C , usually pl. ] things that make a bad situation better :

I wish I were young again, but getting older has its compensations.



late Middle English : via Old French from Latin compensatio(n-) , from the verb compensare weigh against, from com- together + pensare (frequentative of pendere weigh).

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