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 If Royal Caribbean recoups its high-grade rating, all $3.32 billion of bonds will become secured in the traditional sense. Paula Seligson,, "Behind Royal Caribbean’s Lifeline, a Shrewd Bond Market Maneuver," 18 May 2020 Sears wanted more time in order for the company to recoup the $125 million spent on development projects. At A Great Price, ProPublica, "Nearing Bankruptcy, Sears Claimed Fast-Food Workers and Baristas as Employees to Keep Tax Breaks," 17 May 2020 Some hunters devote a portion of the property to agriculture to try and recoup cash at harvest. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Get Your Own Private Hunting Property (and Improve its Habitat)," 14 May 2020 Martins Ferry is trying to recoup more than $200,000 in local income taxes, according to the city auditor. Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "Closed Hospitals Leave Rural Patients ‘Stranded’ as Coronavirus Spreads," 26 Apr. 2020 There remain major challenges for the new board, most significantly, how to recoup the $300,000 to $400,000 in net proceeds the Institute would have likely raised had the old board not imploded. Roy S. Johnson, al, "Johnson: The resurrection of BCRI A.D. (After Davis) begins," 1 Sep. 2019 State officials hope to eventually recoup that $181,000 from the school. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "MN officials fear money Argosy U owed students will go to lawyers instead," 27 June 2019 Of course, there won't be a lot of new movies until there are enough cinemas open for studios and distributors to recoup production budgets. Clark Collis,, "What movies can you actually see in a cinema this weekend?," 1 May 2020 Landlords would instead have to turn to other means to recoup the money they are owed, such as small claims court. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. council members balk at broader ban on evictions amid coronavirus, citing legal worries," 22 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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