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 company and province plan to try to recoup the government's investment, although neither offered any immediate details on how that would happen. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 The company and province plan to try to recoup the government's investment, although neither offered any immediate details on how that would happen. Matthew Brown, ajc, 9 June 2021 The commission ordered Luxembourg to recoup from Amazon €250 million in alleged unpaid taxes over an eight-year period. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 12 May 2021 In part, this has happened as businesses administering the vaccine try to recoup administrative fees they are allowed to charge to the government and private insurers. ProPublica, 1 Apr. 2021 Most of these operations are still trying to recover, recoup and reestablish their business. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 Stocks are solidly higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday, placing the S&P 500 on pace to recoup its losses from last week and eclipse its all-time high. Alex Veiga, ajc, 23 Aug. 2021 That income source was a crutch for restaurants during the pandemic — and remains one, as the industry struggles to recoup losses and adjust to the new normal, which often means higher labor and supply costs and uncertain revenue. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 To that end, the Carbon Capture Coalition has been pushing a number of different legislative initiatives, including an extension of – and adjustments to – a tax credit for companies to recoup spending on carbon capture. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2021

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Recoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recoup

: to get back (money that has been spent, invested, lost, etc.) : recover


transitive verb
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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