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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, borrowed from Old French recompense, from Late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- (again) + compensare (to balance out)

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recompense (countable and uncountable, plural recompenses)

  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 (third-person singular simple present recompenses, present participle recompensing, simple 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 []
    • Shakespeare
      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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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From recompenser.

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recompense f (oblique plural recompenses, nominative singular recompense, nominative plural recompenses)

  1. recompense; compensation

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recompense

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of recompensar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of recompensar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of recompensar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of recompensar

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recompense

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of recompensar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of recompensar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of recompensar.