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26 / 04 / 2007

TO COMPROMISE: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the noun compromise, which means an agreement made between two or more people in which each side gives up some things they want so that both sides are happy at the end.

Today we look at the verb to compromise.

Meaning 1: to give up some of your demands after a dispute with somebody, in order to come to an agreement.

This is basically the verb equivalent of yesterday's noun.

Example 1
Neither country is prepared to compromise; I'm afraid they might end up going to war.

Meaning 2: to do something that is against your principles or does not reach standars that you have set.

Example 2
We are not prepared to compromise on safetey standards; if we have to pay more, that's okay.

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