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compromise (verb) to settle (a dispute) by making concessions; reach an agreement by making concessions; agree to do something against one's principles, or do what one considers below expected standards; endanger someone or something, or to put oneself under suspicion of wrongdoing.

When you compromise with people with whom you have a dispute, you reach an agreement with them with both of you giving up some of your demands, and each accepting some demands of the other, both of you being happy in the end. When there is a dispute about some property between two, they compromise, by one of them giving up their claim to a certain item of the property, and the other giving, in return, some other item of the property. When they reach this kind of agreement, they compromise with each other on the disputed property. When you agree to do something or accept something, which is against your principles, or which you think is not up to your standards, you compromise on it. 'He refused to compromise on the quality of food served in his restaurant.' This means that he did not agree to reduce the quality of food served in his restaurant, even if it meant a higher input and less profit. When you behave in such a way that your reputation is in danger or you are suspected of doing something bad, your reputation is compromised. That is, what you do compromises your reputation.

  • The two Islamic sects of Shia and Sunni in Iraq are not likely to compromise with each other, in the near future. Their clashes show no signs of coming to an end, as neither is tolerant of the other sect's religious attitude.
  • Mahatma Gandhi, regarded as the father of the Indian nation, never compromised on truth in his long political career, and that is really remarkable because almost all politicians have the strong opinion that truth is out of place in politics.
  • Susie was unwise in visiting Sam at an odd hour when he was alone in his place. It has cast some suspicion on her conduct. She ought not have done it, as it has compromised her reputation.
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