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 Cultural influences get swapped, dropped, and recouped in a multitrack sequencing that is the very definition of history. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Desert Empires: Wonders to Behold," 30 Jan. 2020 These impairments need to be recouped in early 2020 before future performance fees can be distributed, Apollo said. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Private-Equity Stocks Slide as Apollo Sees Lighter Performance Fees," 30 Jan. 2020 The suit was an attempt by Kivalina to recoup monetary damages for the energy industry’s contribution to the destruction of their island. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "America’s Climate Refugees Are Pleading for Help. The Government Has No Answer.," 24 Jan. 2020 For similar reasons, health insurance companies have been scrambling to merge with other insurers in a desperate attempt to recoup some of that lost negotiating leverage, hoping to win lower prices from hospitals. Washington Post, "The one surprising thing the Trump administration got right on health care," 5 Dec. 2019 Add non-wage compensation and alumni often recoup their investments in a few years. The Economist, "American business schools are reinventing the MBA," 2 Nov. 2019 However, the majority of the lawsuits are attempts by governments to recoup expenses and help combat the epidemic in the future, so fewer people die. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Here’s where opioid litigation stands after Cuyahoga, Summit counties reach $260 million settlement," 22 Oct. 2019 And bonus money is much easier than base salary to withhold or recoup in case Hill violates the contract . ., "The result was about as bad as it gets in the NFL, especially for a coaching debut. The 49-point margin of defeat was tied for the fifth-biggest blowout of this century.," 15 Sep. 2019 For all of Real Madrid's incoming this summer, however, the club still need to recoup funds in order to pass through the Financial Fair Play scrutiny which is on them with flying colours., "Zinedine Zidane Content if Gareth Bale Stays, Excited for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid," 20 July 2019

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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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“Recoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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