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 During a debate between Senator Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield Thursday, both candidates were asked about the break-even price on local crops -- the amount at which a typical farmer could recoup their investment. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Obama Is Heading to Philadelphia to Help Biden: Campaign Update," 16 Oct. 2020 Boeing likewise has struggled to recoup losses related to the grounding of its 737 MAX fleet. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "World Trade Organization says EU can impose tariffs on $4B of US goods," 13 Oct. 2020 Cleveland expects to recoup the grant and loan costs in two years from new income taxes and projects that when employment reaches 750 people at the site, the annual income tax collection for the city would be nearly $1.4 million. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council gives OK to aid for $162M in projects that could add 800 jobs to economy," 7 Oct. 2020 In midday trading the index was up 350 points, or 1.3%, leaving it firmly on track to recoup Friday's losses. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis is another market-moving wild card," 5 Oct. 2020 Developer impact fees are charged by cities to recoup the costs of infrastructure improvements needed to serve new development, such as parks, police and fire stations, libraries, drainage, roads and senior centers. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Developers object to proposed new Escondido fees," 4 Oct. 2020 But critics said the council’s plan to recoup the overdue fines has the potential to exacerbate financial instability within some communities, particularly among the region’s low-income and minority residents. Washington Post, "Maryland and Virginia drivers owe D.C. more than $370 million in outstanding traffic and parking fines," 4 Oct. 2020 The objective was for the railroads to sell the land and recoup their construction costs. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "Laying tracks across the state," 27 Sep. 2020 For decades, thousands of Freedman’s depositors and their descendants pleaded with the U.S. government to recoup their deposits, usually in vain. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "The Daughter of a Slave Who Did the Unthinkable: Build a Bank," 25 Sep. 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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recoup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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