compromise

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkɑmprəˌmaɪz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(komprə mīz′)


Inflections of 'compromise' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
compromises
v 3rd person singular
compromising
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
compromised
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
compromised
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•pro•mise /ˈkɑmprəˌmaɪz/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -mised, -mis•ing. 
n. 
  1. [uncountable] the settlement of differences between two parties in which both sides give up something.
  2. [countable] the result of such a settlement.
  3. [countable] something intermediate or midway between two different things.

v. 
  1. to make a compromise or compromises:[no object]Both sides managed to compromise in order to settle the strike.
  2. [+ object] to expose to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.;
    jeopardize: Faulty building construction compromises our safety.
  3. to adjust or surrender (one's principles) dishonorably: [no object;  (~ + with + object )]How could he compromise with his principles like that?[+ object]compromised his beliefs when he failed to support her.
com•pro•mis•er, n. [countable]
com•pro•mis•ing, adj.: a compromising situation.
com•pro•mis•ing•ly, adv. See -mis-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•pro•mise  (komprə mīz′),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -mised, -mis•ing. 
n. 
  1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
  2. the result of such a settlement.
  3. something intermediate between different things:The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house.
  4. an endangering, esp. of reputation;
    exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.:a compromise of one's integrity.

v.t. 
  1. to settle by a compromise.
  2. to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.;
    jeopardize:a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses.
  3. [Obs.]
    • to bind by bargain or agreement.
    • to bring to terms.

v.i. 
  1. to make a compromise or compromises:The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.
  2. to make a dishonorable or shameful concession:He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.
compro•mis′er, n. 
compro•mis′ing•ly, adv. 
com•prom•is•sa•ry  (komprə mīz′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Latin comprōmissum. See com-, promise
  • Anglo-French compromisse, Middle French compromis
  • late Middle English 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
compromise /ˈkɒmprəˌmaɪz/ n
  1. settlement of a dispute by concessions on both or all sides
  2. the terms of such a settlement
  3. something midway between two or more different things
vb
  1. to settle (a dispute) by making concessions
  2. (transitive) to expose (a person or persons) to disrepute
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French compromis, from Latin comprōmissum mutual agreement to accept the decision of an arbiter, from comprōmittere, from prōmittere to promise

ˈcomproˌmiser n ˈcomproˌmisingly adv
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