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 recoup (audio) \ adjective
recoupment \ ri-​ˈküp-​mənt How to pronounce recoup (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 The Lions have a history of trying to recoup bonus money from their stars, unlike many teams in the NFL, that dates back to at least when Barry Sanders retired before the 1999 season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 'moving in the right direction' toward reconciliation," 7 Feb. 2021 Though the sums will differ depending upon the venue, the money will provide venue managers such as Antenucci and Greg Green, talent buyer for The Masquerade, the ability to recoup expenses from rent, payroll, insurance and utilities. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "Grant program helps independent venues affected by pandemic," 3 Feb. 2021 On Tuesday, Baltimore will lead the campaign to recoup billions of dollars from oil companies in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Kurtis Alexander,, "Fight to make Big Oil pay for climate change heads to Supreme Court," 19 Jan. 2021 Saturday the Pac-12 began its attempt to recoup as many dollars from its TV contracts with ESPN and Fox as possible. J. Brady Mccollough Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Trump’s Big Ten football bet didn’t pay off as key states voted Biden," 7 Nov. 2020 Osterholm criticized hospital leaders for trying to recoup financial losses by maintaining usual surgery schedules in light of the latest COVID-19 wave. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "'Red alert' for hospital ICU beds in Twin Cities amid COVID-19 surge," 4 Nov. 2020 He and the retailer are involved in several probes and lawsuits by investors trying to recoup their losses. Janice Kew,, "Steinhoff Ex-CEO Jooste Fined $9.9 Million for Insider Deals," 30 Oct. 2020 The fund is down 16.1% through September, and has been trying to recoup losses that began in 2015. Hema Parmar, Fortune, "Are tech stocks in an “enormous” bubble? Greenlight’s David Einhorn thinks so," 28 Oct. 2020 Most will also be trying to recoup losses or pay down debt caused by the pandemic -- and trimming travel by skipping conferences and meeting with clients virtually is likely to be a cost-cutting measure. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Airlines will struggle long after passengers feel safe to fly again," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Recoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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