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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In Plymouth, local retirement officials have tried to recoup money from a former finance director, whose case set a precedent in 2014 that retired public employees cannot skirt the rules by creating a corporation to earn consulting fees. Matt Stout,, "Pension and a paycheck? State may loosen ‘double dipping’ rules," 31 May 2018 If so, the United States could slap tariffs on certain products entering the United States from Mexico until US companies can recoup the money lost. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s new trade deal is better for workers than NAFTA was," 30 Nov. 2018 That’s because the state’s 2010 agreement with Electrolux didn’t include clawback provisions to recoup money if job thresholds aren’t met. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "State: Electrolux not required to repay $100M in Tennessee," 5 Feb. 2019 The receiver is separately suing that individual in an effort to recoup money for investors. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Cryptocurrency Startup AriseBank to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle Fraud Accusations," 12 Dec. 2018 If there is such a conviction, the board can vote to revoke that person’s pension and move to recoup any money beyond what the person paid into their pension over the course of their career. Matt Rocheleau,, "State Police payroll head struggled with debt before alleged theft began," 23 Apr. 2018 This is certainly good news for Mars One's investors, who are owed in excess of $1 million and might actually recoup their money this way. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A Mystery Investor May Save the Bankrupt Mars One Mission," 12 Feb. 2019 The vehicles were seized by the county as part of ongoing efforts to recoup about $294,000 in unpaid personal property taxes from 2015 to 2017. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County seizes double-decker buses from San Antonio tour operator," 8 June 2018 But the Potters would need to recoup some funds from selling players this summer, the first of which looks set to be Xherdan Shaqiri who could be available for as little as £12m., "West Ham Eager to Snap Up Stoke Captain as Manuel Pellegrini Begins Defensive Overhaul," 6 June 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 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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