Try Our Apps


WATCH "Lumbersexual"


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for recouped
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The whole cost of sewage disposal was recouped from the sale of the farm products.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • He had recouped himself for the overcharge on the cup of tea.

  • He had recouped himself by some ridiculous display of vanity which, as he knew, put him still more at her mercy.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • At least the bread-and-butter must be recouped an hundredfold.

  • A good many of his investments were palpably bad; and they could be recouped only by the backing of the combination.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
  • Harding was not sure that the expense could be recouped for a time, but he believed the undertaking would pay in the end.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • The cost thus incurred would be recouped many times over through its prevention of disease.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • He suffered himself to be bought out for a sum less than she offered a sum that no more than recouped him for his losses.

    The Creators May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for recouped


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for recouped



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for recoup

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for recouped

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for recouped