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compromise /ˈkɑːmprəˌmaɪz/  

  • noun
    plural -mises
    a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute [noncount]
    the art of political compromise
    To avoid an argumentalways be ready to seek compromise. [count]
    The two sides were unable to reach a compromise. [=unable to come to an agreement] - often used before another noun
    [count] :something that combines the qualities of two different things - often + between
    The style is a happy compromise between formal and informal.
    a change that makes something worse and that is not done for a good reason [noncount]
    a director who will not tolerate artistic compromise [count]
    -mises; -mised; -mising
    [no obj] :to give up something that you want in order to reach an agreement :to settle differences by means of a compromise
    The two sides were unwilling/unable to compromise. - often + on
    They are unwilling to compromise (with each otheron this issue.
    [+ obj] :to expose (something) to risk or danger :endanger
    [+ obj] :to damage or weaken (something) :impair
    [+ obj] :to damage (your reputation, integrity, etc.) by doing something that causes people to lose respect for you