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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The blow to consumer spending power also means restaurants can't recoup losses by raising prices. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Chinese consumers are spending again—but they remain wary of restaurants," 17 Dec. 2020 Like McPheters, Hammond expects Arizona to recoup all the job totals lost in the pandemic by sometime next year. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona expected to recover job losses in 2021, UA forecast predicts," 5 Dec. 2020 The rout was followed by a rally after aggressive intervention by the Federal Reserve that helped some endowments recoup earlier losses. Juliet Chung And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Harvard’s Endowment Logs 7.3% Return in Turbulent Market," 29 Sep. 2020 But teammate Cam Jordan had an idea for how Kamara could recoup some of that money, if the NFL does come calling. Jeff Nowak,, "What Alvin Kamara, Saints had to say after win over Vikings: On Christmas fines, Griddy, more," 25 Dec. 2020 This been a craven and desperate money grab to try to recoup some of the revenue that has been lost, in a season with no ticket sales or concessions. Ann Killion,, "Pandemic be damned, Pac-12 determined to finish farcical football season," 14 Dec. 2020 Under the law, employers can recoup those wages with a dollar-for-dollar tax write off. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Distance learning with dad: A federal lifeline runs out," 29 Nov. 2020 Under suspension, Pastor will keep his pay and benefits, but if found guilty the city can recoup those those. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Councilman Pastor a no-show for pre-trial hearing on removal," 25 Nov. 2020 Bridge said the nonprofit legal group can file the two Arizona court motions on behalf of renters who also can sue to recoup attorney and late fees, as well as other costs from an eviction that shouldn’t have happened. Jessica Boehm, USA TODAY, "'A nightmare for too many': Hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wrongfully evicted during pandemic," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of recoup was in 1628

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Recoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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