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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The price mark-up on wine in on-premise is usually around double the retail store price – mainly because restaurants and bars need to recoup their costs in service, glassware, and other over-head costs. Liz Thach, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 This financing allowed the owners to recoup their costs for reinvestment in future upgrades, including energy-efficient plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical systems, LED lighting, and windows and doors. Wilborn Nobles, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit seeking to recoup the investigation costs, totaling $130,000. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 Patents, statutory exclusivity periods, and other forms of IP protections enable firms to raise capital in the first place, and later recoup their huge upfront costs and earn returns that can be plowed back into additional research projects. David J. Kappos, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 Mainly, the power projects want to recoup their construction costs. Jan Ellen Spiegel,, 23 Feb. 2022 Most homeowners typically need to stay for three to five years to recoup closing and moving costs. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 In part, Medicare officials were aiming to recoup costs that were uncovered in 2021. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 26 Dec. 2021 The idea is to more quickly recoup the Hurricane Sally costs, which otherwise could take as long as six years to collect. Jim Saunders,, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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transitive verb
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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