The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Compensate \Com"pen*sate\ (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Compensated; p. pr. & vb. n. Compensating.] [L.
compensatus, p. p. of compensare, prop., to weigh several
things with one another, to balance with one another, verb
intens. fr. compendere. See Compendium.]
1. 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
2. To be equivalent in value or effect to; to counterbalance;
to make up for; to make amends for.
The length of the night and the dews thereof do
compensate the heat of the day. --Bacon.
The pleasures of life do not compensate the
Syn: To recompense; remunerate; indemnify; reward; requite;
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
67 Moby Thesaurus words for "compensating":
adversative, adverse, adversive, amendatory, antagonistic, anti,
antipathetic, antithetic, antonymous, at cross-purposes, balancing,
clashing, compensative, compensatory, conflicting, confronting,
contradictory, contradistinct, contrapositive, contrarious,
contrary, contrasted, converse, counter, counteracting,
counteractive, counterbalancing, counterpoised, countervailing,
dead against, discordant, discrepant, expiatory,
eyeball to eyeball, hostile, inconsistent, indemnificatory,
inimical, inverse, lucrative, moneymaking, obverse, offsetting,
opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant,
paying, penitential, perverse, profitable, recompensive,
rectifying, remunerative, reparative, repaying, repugnant,
retaliatory, retributive, retributory, reverse, rewardful,
rewarding, satisfying, squared off