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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With that control, developers might elect to build accommodations that students can be charged higher rates for—which lets the developers recoup their costs more quickly. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Age of the Comfy College Dorm," 29 Aug. 2019 Analysts and experts are divided about whether the venture will sustain enough interest among the world's ultra-wealthy to maintain a healthy book of business and recoup its steep R&D costs. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Virgin Galactic unveils luxury lounge at its airport for space tourism," 15 Aug. 2019 The money also allows municipalities to recoup costs for staff time spent on the projects. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "California housing crisis: Development fees unpredictable, stifle construction," 8 Aug. 2019 Why isn’t the city filing a lawsuit to recoup the costs for the police investigation? Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Where’s the Jussie Smollett-type outrage over the lying alligator catcher who filed a false police report and got to walk free?," 31 July 2019 According to the lawsuit, UMG's litigation and insurance claims following the fire were reportedly valued at $150 million to recoup the value of the master recordings -- none of which was directly shared with artists. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Universal Music Group: Original Masters for 'Many of the Artists' Named in Class Action Were Not Lost in Fire," 19 Aug. 2019 Clubs then began to view the transfer market as the best means to recoup their investments on players. Ini-obong Nkang, Quartz Africa, "Europe’s search for soccer’s next big star is driving a modern-day slave trade," 14 Aug. 2019 The Madoff family's assets were auctioned off, and the government appointed a trustee to work to recoup the $17.5 billion in principal investments that Madoff's firm made. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Bernie Madoff wants Trump to commute his prison sentence," 24 July 2019 Vineyard Wind’s lower price is owed in part to the company’s ability to recoup a higher percentage of the production tax credit. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Major U.S. Offshore Wind Projects Still Face Hurdles," 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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to make a temporary encampment

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