Simple Definition of recoup
: to get back (money that has been spent, invested, lost, etc.)
Full Definition of recoup
Examples of recoup
It will be hard for us to recoup the loss.
Movie studios can turn to video sales to recoup the costs of a movie that does poorly at the box office.
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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