verb \ri-ˈküp\

: to get back (money that has been spent, invested, lost, etc.)

Full Definition of RECOUP

transitive verb
a :  to get an equivalent for (as losses) :  make up for
b :  reimburse, compensate <recoup a person for losses>
:  regain <an attempt to recoup his fortune>
intransitive verb
:  to make good or make up for something lost; also :  recuperate
re·coup·able \-ˈkü-pə-bəl\ adjective
re·coup·ment \-ˈküp-mənt\ noun

Examples of RECOUP

  1. It will be hard for us to recoup the loss.
  2. Movie studios can turn to video sales to recoup the costs of a movie that does poorly at the box office.
  3. She recouped only a portion of her investment.

Origin of RECOUP

French recouper to cut back, from Old French, from re- + couper to cut — more at cope
First Known Use: 1628

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer


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