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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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  • This will recoup him for his outlay, because the working capital has not been touched.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Dead broke, he was ready for anything which promised to recoup his fortunes.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • The best thing is for me to give our lads a rest to recoup a bit.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • How they are able to do this, and to recoup themselves, can be imagined.

  • You will find there is far more than enough to recoup the firm.

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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