—n. 1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
2. the result of such a settlement.
3. something intermediate between different things: The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house. 4. an endangering, esp. of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.: a compromise of one's integrity.
—v.t. 1. to settle by a compromise.
2. to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses. 3. Obs. a. to bind by bargain or agreement.
b. to bring to terms.
—v.i. 1. to make a compromise or compromises: The conflicting parties agreed to compromise. 2. to make a dishonorable or shameful concession: He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.