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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The city can’t recoup the money because the contractor has gone out of business, the audit said. Katie Honan, WSJ, "NYC Comptroller Audit Faults City for Paying Contractors Who Owe Taxes," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, the city is starting to recoup money that was accidentally overpaid to employees. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Nine months into new software system, Anchorage city government’s payroll problems persist," 28 June 2018 Insurers argue medical flight businesses use patients as pawns to recoup money from inflated bills. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona family shocked by $47,000 air ambulance bill for their child," 25 June 2018 Attorneys for the city file tax lawsuits against businesses only as a last-ditch effort to recoup money from companies that repeatedly fail to pay. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Portland sues historic Roseway Theatre for unpaid taxes," 31 May 2018 The coding error applied a retroactive change to some people’s public assistance status and caused the system to incorrectly recoup money from some custodial parents, officials said. Joshua Miller,, "Revenue Dept. mistakenly underpays child support for about 70 parents," 11 May 2018 The locals expect to recoup their money in the form of taxes on Foxconn’s property and nearby development. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renters face eviction with minimum notice, then Foxconn, after inquiry, offers more time," 9 Jan. 2018 The deal will be a boon to the Kushners, who are struggling to recoup their investments in their flagship building. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 The deal will be a boon to the Kushners, who are struggling to recoup their investments in their flagship building. New York Times, "Kushner’s Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington," 11 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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