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recoup

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verb re·coup \ri-ˈküp\

Simple Definition of recoup

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

Full Definition of recoup

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to get an equivalent for (as losses) :  make up for b :  reimburse, compensate <recoup a person for losses>

  3. 2 :  regain <an attempt to recoup his fortune>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make good or make up for something lost; also :  recuperate

re·coup·able play \-ˈkü-pə-bəl\ adjective
re·coup·ment play \-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



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