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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The drop in oil, though, helped companies carrying big fuel bills recoup some of their sharp losses from the day before. Washington Post, "US stock indexes edge up as oil gives up half of its spurt," 17 Sep. 2019 Republicans plan to appeal that decision to attempt to recoup some of the money., "Midwest states are paying more attention to PFAs in drinking water: The Flyover," 26 Aug. 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much as 589 points before recouping some of its losses by midday. Damian J. Troise,, "Stocks, yields sink again on Wall Street," 7 Aug. 2019 Crude oil began to recoup some of the heavy losses incurred after the salvo from Trump. Charles Riley, CNN, "Trade war fallout; US jobs report; Exxon earnings," 2 Aug. 2019 Shares of technology companies led the market higher in a broad rally that helped recoup some of Monday’s steep losses. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Await Trade Progress," 14 May 2019 Shares in Dassault Systemes, which has a market value of 36 billion euros ($41 billion) and annual sales of 3.5 billion euros last year, fell as much as 3% before recouping some of the decline to trade down 1% at 11:31 a.m. in Paris. Geraldine Amiel, Fortune, "Dassault Dives into Health Tech, Buying Medidata for $5.7 Billion," 7 May 2019 As same-store sales have fallen, PetSmart's debt has lost value, the Journal said, meaning PetSmart's bondholders could take action to recoup some of their investment. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "To shield it from investors' bite, PetSmart is spinning off part of," 7 June 2018 The houses will be sold at auction at the end of the year to help recoup the costs of the project and help plan for the following school year. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 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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