recoup

verb re·coup \ ri-ˈküp \

Definition of recoup

transitive verb
1 a :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

recoupable

play \-ˈkü-pə-bəl\ adjective

recoupment

play \-ˈküp-mənt\ noun

Examples of recoup in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of recoup

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


RECOUP Defined for English Language Learners

recoup

verb

Definition of recoup for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

recoup

transitive verb re·coup \ ri-ˈküp \

legal Definition of recoup

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


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