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com·pro·mise  audio  (kmpr-mz) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
    2. The result of such a settlement.
  1. Something that combines qualities or elements of different things: The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.
  2. A concession to something detrimental or pejorative: a compromise of morality.
VERB:
com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing, com·pro·mis·es
VERB:
tr.
  1. To settle by concessions.
  2. To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute: an embassy that was compromised by hidden listening devices.
  3. Obsolete To pledge mutually.
VERB:
intr.
To make a compromise.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English compromis, from Old French, from Latin comprmissum, mutual promise, from neuter past participle of comprmittere, to promise mutually : com-, com- + prmittere, to promise ; see promise

OTHER FORMS:
compro·miser(Noun)


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