recoup

verb
re·​coup | \ ri-ˈküp How to pronounce recoup (audio) \
recouped; recouping; recoups

Definition of recoup

transitive verb

1a : to get an equivalent for (losses) : make up for
b : reimburse, compensate recoup a person for losses
2 : regain an attempt to recoup his fortune

intransitive verb

: to make good or make up for something lost also : recuperate

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Other Words from recoup

recoupable \ ri-​ˈkü-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce recoupable (audio) \ adjective
recoupment \ ri-​ˈküp-​mənt How to pronounce recoupment (audio) \ noun

Examples of recoup in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

According to a 2018 study by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Massachusetts school officials have employed a range of tactics, including barring students from graduation exercises and hiring collection agencies to recoup costs. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Students are being shamed and punished over lunch debt, and it may take legislation to stop it," 13 June 2019 The criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence, but the city of Chicago has filed a $130,000 lawsuit against Smollett in order to recoup the cost of the police investigation. NBC News, "Jussie Smollett will not return to 'Empire,' Lee Daniels says," 5 June 2019 The criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence, but the city of Chicagohas filed a $130,000 lawsuit against Smollett in order to recoup the cost of the police investigation. Joe Otterson, chicagotribune.com, "Jussie Smollett will not return to 'Empire,' Lee Daniels says," 5 June 2019 Many businesses are still trying to recoup their investment costs. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Why the price of pot is dropping across Alaska," 20 Apr. 2018 Smalley filed a business license with the city for his company — Byrd Dog Recycling and Recovery — complete with a sales-tax license for any money recouped. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale man has enough, goes vigilante and impounds illegally parked scooters on his own," 12 June 2019 Everybody talks about Raheem Sterling's 'outrageous' move from Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015, but at least the Reds recouped £52m in the transaction. SI.com, "6 Players Who Turned on Their Teams," 10 June 2019 This helps the manufacturer recoup its investment, and paves the way for cheaper revisions as the product ages out. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD upends GPU tradition by launching 'Navi' as a lower-end part," 30 Apr. 2019 Based on Kymriah’s list price, treating just 2,700 patients would allow Novartis to recoup its entire investment. Ezekiel Emanuel, WSJ, "We Can’t Afford the Drugs That Could Cure Cancer," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of recoup

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for recoup

French recouper to cut back, from Old French, from re- + couper to cut — more at cope entry 1

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recouple

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recoup

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recoup

: to get back (money that has been spent, invested, lost, etc.)
re·​coup | \ ri-ˈküp How to pronounce recoup (audio) \

Legal Definition of recoup

: recover sense 1 would recoup the overpayment from current claims paymentsCity of Cordova v. Medicaid Rate Commn., 789 P.2d 346 (1990)

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