re·​coup | \ri-ˈküp \
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 \ adjective
recoupment \ri-​ˈküp-​mənt \ 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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Value Report, a midrange kitchen remodel costs $63,829 and homeowners recoup $37,637, which is 59 percent. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "Is Your Renovation Actually Worth It?," 13 July 2018 The Bucks, which traded for Bledsoe less than a year ago, could offer him an extension, try to find a trade partner now or before the trade deadline to recoup some value, or ride out the season with Bledsoe as their point guard. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks free agency primer: More decisions than just what to do with Jabari Parker," 29 June 2018 More money from taxes would help recoup those costs, Schutte said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage considers increasing marijuana sales tax as consumers clamor for cannabis," 13 June 2018 The market currently won't support the high rents that would be required to recoup the renovation costs. Dan Austin And Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Archive: Once crown jewel, Detroit train station now symbol of ruin," 11 June 2018 Losing a wallet means canceling credit cards, ordering a new I.D. and maybe working a little harder to recoup the cash quickly. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "Dad Loses Wallet with Son's Precious Note at Concert, Thinks It's Gone Forever Until...," 15 July 2015 The port charge is $5 per person, $4 of which goes to Tourism Village, meaning Royal Caribbean recouped their money in 6 to 7 years. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 That would go a long way toward recouping the total $60 million advance, which includes an as-yet-untitled memoir from Mr. Obama. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Michelle Obama’s Book Tour Has Oprah and Is Coming to an Arena Near You," 9 Nov. 2018 The program receives funding from service providers, which typically recoup the amount through a fee tacked onto phone bills. Ryan Barwick, Ars Technica, "Millions could lose cheap phone service under FCC’s overhaul of Lifeline," 4 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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English Language Learners Definition of recoup

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

re·​coup | \ri-ˈküp \

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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