- To render an equivalent to, for service, loss, etc.; to requite; to remunerate; to compensate."He can not recompense me better." [Shak.]
- 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.]
- To give in return; to pay back; to pay, as something earned or deserved.(R)"
Recompense to no man evil for evil." [Rom. xii. 17.]synonyms: To repay; requite; compensate; reward; remunerate.
Etymology: F. récompenser, LL. recompensare, fr.L. pref. re- re- + compensare to compensate. See Compensate