re·coup | \ri-ˈküp \
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 \ adjective
recoupment \ri-ˈküp-mənt \ 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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Westerns do not play well overseas, so the movie never recouped its production costs. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "From 'Transformers' to 'Avatar,' these are the 50 most expensive movies ever made," 6 July 2018 By suspending payments now, the state can more easily recoup its money if the allegations of fraud are upheld. Liz Kowalczyk,, "State Medicaid program halts payments to Lawrence clinic over fraud allegations," 14 June 2018 Had it been passed earlier, AHAB’s creditors might already have recouped some of their money. The Economist, "A judge blames many parties in the Gulf’s biggest-ever corporate scandal," 9 June 2018 Hayes, so far, has not paid anything to The Oregonian/OregonLive; with a lien in place, the news organization could recoup its legal costs if Hayes sells the property. Hillary Borrud,, "Cylvia Hayes: 5 takeaways from her explanation of her bankruptcy plans," 7 June 2018 Technology companies recouped some of the sector’s big losses last week. Time, "Stock Market Surges on News That U.S. and China Hope to Avert a Trade War," 26 Mar. 2018 When the Saudi company defaulted in 2009, its creditors scrambled to recoup billions in losses. The Economist, "A judge blames many parties in the Gulf’s biggest-ever corporate scandal," 9 June 2018 In 2013, when there were 47,000 for-hire vehicles in New York, drivers could recoup their initial investment of a car, insurance and licensing and then make a living, Weiss said. NBC News, "In the shadow of Uber's rise, taxi driver suicides leave cabbies shaken," 7 June 2018 His ideas reportedly included a new association to represent players’ interests in a more forceful, independent capacity that could recoup a greater share of profits from tournaments. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "In Talk of a Tennis Union, Women Seek a Leading Voice," 28 Jan. 2018

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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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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