compromise


compromise
I UK [ˈkɒmprəmaɪz] / US [ˈkɑmprəˌmaɪz] noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "compromise":
singular compromise plural compromises
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a) a way of solving a problem or ending an argument in which both people or groups accept that they cannot have everything they want
compromise between:

This deal is the ideal compromise between your needs and their demands.

reach/arrive at/come to a compromise:

Both sides have agreed to meet, in the hope of reaching a compromise.

make a compromise:

Neither of them is willing to make compromises.

b) [only before noun] involving a compromise

a compromise solution/agreement/settlement


II UK [ˈkɒmprəmaɪz] / US [ˈkɑmprəˌmaɪz] verb
Word forms "compromise":
present tense I/you/we/they compromise he/she/it compromises present participle compromising past tense compromised past participle compromised
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1) [intransitive] to solve a problem or end an argument by accepting that you cannot have everything that you want

Her refusal to compromise infuriated her colleagues.

compromise on:

We simply cannot compromise on the question of human rights.

2) [transitive] to risk harming or losing something important

We cannot compromise the safety of our workers.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as objects of compromise
▪  independence, neutrality, reputation, safety, security
3) [transitive] to behave in a way that is not honest by doing things that do not agree with what you previously believed in or tried to achieve

Traditional supporters are accusing the party of compromising its principles.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as objects of compromise
▪  beliefs, ideals, principles, standards

compromise yourself/your position — to do something to make people think that they cannot trust you


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • COMPROMISE — (Heb. פְּשָׁרָה, pesharah; apparently derived from the term pesher, solution, Eccles. 8:1), deciding a civil law dispute (dinei mamonot) by the court or an arbitral body, through the exercise of their discretion and not according to the laws… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • compromise — com·pro·mise 1 n: an agreement resolving differences by mutual concessions esp. to prevent or end a lawsuit compromise 2 vb mised, mis·ing vt: to resolve or dispose of by a compromise cases in which a dispute is compromised E. A. Farnsworth and W …   Law dictionary

  • Compromise — Com pro*mise, n. [F. compromis, fr. L. compromissum a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, fr. compromittere to make such a promise; com + promittere to promise. See {Promise}.] 1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compromise — [n] agreement, give and take accommodation, accord, adjustment, arrangement, bargain, compact, composition, concession, contract, copout*, covenant, deal, fifty fifty*, half and half, half measure, happy medium*, mean, middle course, middle… …   New thesaurus

  • compromise — [käm′prə mīz΄] n. [ME & OFr compromis < LL compromissum, a compromise, mutual promise < L compromissus, pp. of compromittere, to make a mutual promise to abide by an arbiter s decision < com , together + promittere, to PROMISE] 1. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Compromise — Com pro*mise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compromised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compromising}.] [From {Compromise}, n.; cf. {Compromit}.] 1. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Laban and himself were compromised That all the eanlings… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compromise — Com pro*mise, v. i. 1. To agree; to accord. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To make concession for conciliation and peace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compromise — (n.) early 15c., a joint promise to abide by an arbiter s decision, from M.Fr. compromis (13c.), from L. compromissus, pp. of compromittere to make a mutual promise (to abide by an arbiter s decision), from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • compromise — ► NOUN 1) an agreement reached by each side making concessions. 2) an intermediate state between conflicting opinions, reached by mutual concession. ► VERB 1) settle a dispute by mutual concession. 2) expediently accept standards that are lower… …   English terms dictionary

  • compromise — ▪ I. compromise com‧pro‧mise 1 [ˈkɒmprəmaɪz ǁ ˈkɑːm ] noun [countable, uncountable] an agreement between two people or groups in which both sides agree to accept less than they first asked for and to give up something that they value: •… …   Financial and business terms

  • compromise — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ acceptable, fair, good, happy (esp. BrE), possible, pragmatic, reasonable, sensible, suitable ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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