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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rec·om·pense v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recompensed p. pr. & vb. n. Recompensing ]
 1. To render an equivalent to, for service, loss, etc.; to requite; to remunerate; to compensate.
    He can not recompense me better.   --Shak.
 2. To return an equivalent for; to give compensation for; to atone for; to pay for.
    God recompenseth the gift.   --Robynson (More's Utopia).
 To recompense
 My rash, but more unfortunate, misdeed.   --Milton.
 3. To give in return; to pay back; to pay, as something earned or deserved. [R.]
    Recompense to no man evil for evil.   --Rom. xii. 17.
 Syn: -- To repay; requite; compensate; reward; remunerate.