ADJ. acceptable, fair, good, happy, honourable, possible, pragmatic, reasonable, sensible, suitable | ideal | muddled, uneasy, unsatisfactory After months of negotiations, they have reached an uneasy compromise. | inevitable, necessary
VERB + COMPROMISE agree on, arrive at, come to, find, make, reach, work out I'm not making any more compromises. They're still trying to work out an acceptable compromise. | look for, seek It is best to try to seek a compromise rather than a perfect solution. | offer, suggest After much discussion, she offered a compromise. | accept | reject
COMPROMISE + NOUN agreement, deal, formula, proposal, resolution, solution | candidate He might be an attractive compromise candidate if both sides' first choices are rejected.
PREP. ~ between It was a fair compromise between the two sides. | ~ on/over They came to a compromise over the exact amount to be paid. | ~ with There could be no compromise with the nationalists. > Special page at MEETING
1 in order to reach agreement
VERB + COMPROMISE be prepared to, be ready to | refuse to He wanted his own way and refused to compromise.
PREP. on Unions and management seem ready to compromise on the level of the pay increase. | with They debated whether to compromise with the opposition parties.
2 damage/put in danger
ADV. seriously The affair seriously compromised the party's prospects of electoral success.
VERB + COMPROMISE be prepared to, be ready to | refuse to
PREP. on We are not prepared to compromise on safety standards.