- 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.
- 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
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1. recover, restore, retrieve, balance. 3. recompense, remunerate.
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Examples from the Web for recoup
Kim is not thought to be broke just yet, but he will be soon, as movie studios seek to recoup $100m in copyright fees.The Zillionaires Who Lost Everything
October 26, 2014
They might front the money if they believe in a new model and think she will be able to recoup the costs.Many Models Get Paid in Clothes, Not Cash, but That Might Be Changing
Misty White Sidell
March 11, 2013
“In the most extreme cases, the abusive party is able to recoup irrespective of the cost,” he says.Domestic Violence Among the Wealthy Hides Behind ‘Veil of Silence’
February 28, 2013
According to the Washington Post, the government was looking to recoup $385 million of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma aid money.From Katrina To Sandy, FEMA Rumors and Failures Keep Swirling
November 9, 2012
Surely then we can safely raise their taxes, and count on them to work harder to recoup their losses?Answering a Murray Defender
February 8, 2012
This will recoup him for his outlay, because the working capital has not been touched.A Woman Intervenes
Dead broke, he was ready for anything which promised to recoup his fortunes.The Mask
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.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
You will find there is far more than enough to recoup the firm.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
- to regain or make good (a financial or other loss)
- (tr) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
- law to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct
C15: from Old French recouper to cut back, from re- + couper to cut, from coper to behead; see coup 1
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Word Origin and History for recoup
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