1. To render an equivalent to, for service, loss, etc.; to requite; to remunerate; to compensate. "He can not recompense me better." (Shak)

2. To return an equivalent for; to give compensation for; to atone for; to pay for. "God recompenseth the gift." (Robynson (More's Utopia)) "To recompense My rash, but more unfortunate, misdeed." (Milton)

3. To give in return; to pay back; to pay, as something earned or deserved. "Recompense to no man evil for evil." (Rom. Xii. 17)

Synonyms: To repay, requite, compensate, reward, remunerate.

Origin: F. Recompenser, LL. Recompensare, fr.L. Pref. Re- re- + compensare to compensate. See Compensate.

An equivalent returned for anything done, suffered, or given; compensation; requital; suitable return. "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense." (Deut. Xxii. 35) "And every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward." (Heb. Ii. 2)

Synonyms: Repayment, compensation, remuneration, amends, satisfaction, reward, requital.

Origin: Cf. F. Recompense.

(01 Mar 1998)