tr.v. rec·om·pensed, rec·om·pens·ing, rec·om·pens·es
1. To award compensation to: recompensed the victims of the accident.
2. To award compensation for; make a return for: recompensed their injuries.
1. Amends made, as for damage or loss.
2. Payment in return for something, such as a service.
[Middle English recompensen, from Old French recompenser, from Late Latin recompēnsāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin compēnsāre, to compensate; see COMPENSATE.]
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