verb (used with object)

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

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French recouper to cut back, cut again, equivalent to re- re- + couper to cut; see coup1
Related formsre·coup·a·ble, adjectivere·coup·ment, nounnon·re·coup·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·coup·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for recoup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recoup

Contemporary Examples of recoup

Historical Examples of recoup

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

  • 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)
(tr) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
law to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct
Derived Formsrecoupable, adjectiverecoupment, noun

Word Origin for recoup

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

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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