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verb compromise pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/
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present tense
present participlecompromising
past tensecompromised
past participlecompromised
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to solve a problem or end an argument by accepting that you cannot have everything that you want

    Her refusal to compromise infuriated her colleagues.

    compromise on:

    We simply cannot compromise on the question of human rights.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to risk harming or losing something important

    We cannot compromise the safety of our workers.

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  3. 3
    [transitive] to behave in a way that is not honest by doing things that do not agree with what you previously believed in or tried to achieve

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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