One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘you can never compensate for what you did to me’
make amends, make up, make restitution, make reparation, make recompense, recompense, atone, requite, pay
expiate, make good, put to rights, rectify, offset, square
2‘terms were agreed to compensate him for his loss’
recompense, repay, pay back, reimburse, remunerate, recoup, requite, indemnify
settle up with, settle accounts with
3‘he had sufficient flair to compensate for his faults’
balance, balance out, counterbalance, counteract, counterpoise, countervail, make up for, offset, cancel out, neutralize, nullify, even up, square up
rare equilibrize, negative, counterweigh
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