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[ri-koop] /rɪˈkup/
verb (used with object)
to get back the equivalent of:
to recoup one's losses by a lucky investment.
to regain or recover.
to reimburse or indemnify; pay back:
to recoup a person for expenses.
Law. to withhold (a portion of something due), having some rightful claim to do so.
verb (used without object)
to get back an equivalent, as of something lost.
Law. to plead in defense a claim arising out of the same subject matter as the plaintiff's claim.
an act of recouping.
Origin of recoup
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French recouper to cut back, cut again, equivalent to re- re- + couper to cut; see coup1
Related forms
recoupable, adjective
recoupment, noun
nonrecoupable, adjective
unrecoupable, adjective
1. recover, restore, retrieve, balance. 3. recompense, remunerate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recoup
  • The subsidy would allow the manufacturer to recoup its investment and earn a profit.
  • None of the money made by used book sales goes back to the publisher to recoup development, marketing, and production costs.
  • The strategy is profitable in the long run only if the predator can recoup the losses later.
  • No one seeks to recoup the installation costs or to make a profit.
  • Instead, the company intends to recoup those costs through music sales.
  • The families of the players will want to recoup their legal costs.
  • Earlier this year the utility raised rates to try to recoup some of those costs.
  • The only way to pay their salaries is to sell the drug and recoup that money.
  • But if something goes wrong, they cannot recoup and try again or another strategy.
  • To recoup their investments, buyers want horses that will mature rapidly and win often.
British Dictionary definitions for recoup


to regain or make good (a financial or other loss)
(transitive) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
(law) to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct
Derived Forms
recoupable, adjective
recoupment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French recouper to cut back, from re- + couper to cut, from coper to behead; see coup1
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Word Origin and History for recoup

1620s, from French recouper "to cut back" (12c.), from Old French re- "back" (see re-) + couper "to cut," from coup "a blow" (see coup). Originally a legal term meaning "to deduct;" sense of "to recompense for loss or expense" first recorded 1660s. Related: Recouped; recouping.

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