V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to settle something by making a concession; (n.) 1. an accommodation in which people involved partially reduce their demands and settle differences; 2. a lowering of principles and weakening of morals for supposed gain

Synonyms: (v.) tradeoff, arbitrate, conciliate, negotiate, (n.) concession, submission, surrender, conciliation, imperilment

Antonyms: (v.) stand firm, resist, insist

Tips: The most common meaning and usage of compromise is in terms of "a happy medium." When you compromise yourself, your beliefs, or your morals, you lower your standards and risk discrediting or endangering yourself.

Usage Examples:

Peer pressure has been known to lead to a compromise of values. (surrender, concession) noun

An official compromise between opposing political factions will be difficult to achieve. (concession, conciliation) noun

We can't compromise our standards of quality just to make a few extra bucks. (imperil, surrender) verb

I wanted Chinese food, he wanted Italian, so we compromised and went out for Thai instead. (negotiated, traded off) verb

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