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Compensate – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is



  • This is a word that may come in useful when you are writing a letter of complaint.
  • The forms of the word that you need are compensate, compensation and, perhaps, compensatory.
  • There are a range of prepositions you need to be able to use: You compensate someone for something, you receive compensation from somebody, you might receive something as or in or by way of compensation
  • The primary use of the word is either legal/financial, so courts award compensation for loss or damage and people are asked to pay compensation
  • Another regular use of the word is when one thing compensates for something else. So sometimes loss of sight is compensated for by a more acute sense of hearing.


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2 Responses to Compensate – IELTS word of the day

  1. Bo8assem January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Actually your way in defining the meaning of the ward is fairly amazing but i wish you had written it within a sentence

    and thanks very much

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