What does the word compensate mean?

Usage examples for compensate

  1. Where liberty cannot be hoped for, and power can, power becomes the grand object of human desire; those to whom others will not leave the undisturbed management of their own affairs, will compensate themselves, if they can, by meddling for their own purposes with the affairs of others. – The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  2. The sad maiden, however, was perfectly silent, and looking into her melancholy eyes he discerned a doubt in them if even the joy of heaven could compensate for that which we suffer and are deprived of on earth. – Blanche: The Maid of Lille by Ossip Schubin
  3. " Mr. Obreeon," said I, " about what would compensate you for your trouble in gathering up those letters?" – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent