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 terms of price, it is said that PSG are seeking to recoup their €222m investment and would ask for at least half - €111m - to be paid in cash., "Real Madrid 'Turn Back' on Paul Pogba to Refocus on Sensational Neymar Move," 9 Aug. 2019 But that adds a lot of extra expenses and doesn't recoup the capital investment in all those cars at a time that the company needs more cash. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Tesla Earnings Tank, Showing That Rising Sales Can Actually Be a Negative," 24 July 2019 Before his death, Mr. DeLuca was accused of using bullying tactics that left many operators struggling to recoup their investments, leading to lawsuits, regulatory run-ins, government investigations and constant complaints from franchisees. New York Times, "Subway Got Too Big. Franchisees Paid a Price.," 28 June 2019 The board based its decision on whether Davenport properly recouped his initial investment in the car wash. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Jim's Car Wash must shutter in a month, Dallas board rules," 19 June 2019 Now, if the jury’s verdict stands, the price tag will rise by another $20 million-plus, pushing the day when the state recoups its New Bedford investment further out into the future. Jon Chesto can be reached at Jon Chesto,, "State agency loses $20m case over New Bedford terminal," 18 June 2019 Command of an army division could be purchased for $2 million, whereupon the buyer might recoup his investment with exactions from the civilian population. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 The winning bidder will get a contract to widen the highways with toll lanes and a 50-year concession to receive proceeds from tolls on the new lanes to recoup its investment. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland lawmakers, advocacy groups urge rejection of Gov. Hogan's toll lanes plan in D.C. suburbs," 3 June 2019 Square is optimistic that the photography project can eventually recoup development costs and justify more studios, O’Brien-Carelli said. Los Angeles Times, "Square launches robot photography service for online sellers," 22 July 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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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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