• IPA: /ˌɹɛkəmˈpɛns/


  1. An equivalent returned for anything given, done, or suffered; compensation; reward; amends; requital.
  2. That which compensates for an injury, or other type of harm or damage.
    • 1609, Wiulliam Shakespeare. Sonnet 23:
      O let my books be then the eloquence
      And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
      Who plead for love and look for recompense
      More than that tongue that more hath more express'd.
    He offered money as recompense for the damage, but what the injured party wanted was an apology.
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recompense (recompenses, present participle recompensing; past and past participle recompensed)

  1. To reward or repay (someone) for something done, given etc.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
      She in regard thereof him recompenst / With golden words, and goodly countenance, / And such fond fauours sparingly dispenst […]
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
      He cannot recompense me better.
  2. To give compensation for an injury, or other type of harm or damage.
    The judge ordered the defendant to recompense the plaintiff by paying $100.
  3. (transitive) To give (something) in return; to pay back; to pay, as something earned or deserved.
    • Bible, Rom. xii. 17
      Recompense to no man evil for evil.
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