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 The lawsuit – almost 300 pages in length – identifies 43 defendants in the effort to recoup money spent fighting the addictive drug crisis. Paul Gattis |, al, "Huntsville opioids lawsuit: Alabama ‘citizens are dying by the dozens’," 31 Oct. 2019 USA TODAY Big Baller Brand's collapse led to Lonzo Ball suing his former business partner, Alan Foster, six months ago in an effort to recoup more than $2 million. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Lonzo, LaVar Ball countersued by former Big Baller Brand business partner Alan Foster," 3 Oct. 2019 In an effort to recoup as much of the €145m as possible, the Catalan club will not let Coutinho go on the cheap., "Philippe Coutinho at the Top of Barcelona Exit List as Catalans Struggle to Find Buyer," 13 July 2019 Officials in state Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office declined to discuss their efforts to recoup money from Argosy. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "MN officials fear money Argosy U owed students will go to lawyers instead," 27 June 2019 Weeks after the charges were dropped against Smollett, the city sued him in an attempt to recoup the tens of thousands of dollars the police department spent investigating the case. Don Babwin, The Denver Post, "Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Jussie Smollett probe," 22 June 2019 The losses incurred in 2018 have since been recouped with the strong bond and stock market this year, increasing the health system’s reserves to $1 billion as of June 30. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to change its brand name to Children's Wisconsin," 21 Oct. 2019 The counties are seeking billions of dollars to recoup costs associated with the opioid epidemic in areas such as law enforcement, public health and child welfare. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Opioid trial jury may hear about Cuyahoga County corruption, jail issues, federal judge rules," 15 Oct. 2019 Scores of workers facing the same predicament as Nettleton have filed lawsuits seeking to recoup back pay. Daniela Altimari,, "Connecticut restaurant workers, owners at odds over pay rules," 10 Oct. 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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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Recoup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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