Context Sentence: According to town halls, council tax bills with microchips are already
believed to be in use by councils from Northumberland to Dorset.

Source: Now, a tax on your dustbin, Dailing Mail, Oct.5 2006

Definition: give sb sth to balance or lessen the bad effect of damage, loss, injury, etc(Oxford Advanced Learner's English--Chinese Dictionary, Fourth Edition, 1998)

Mnemonic: similar as 'recompense'

Your context sentence doesn;t include the word! Please check and give the correct context sentence! (Tilly)