[ ri-koop ]
/ rɪˈkup /

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


re·coup·a·ble, adjectivere·coup·ment, nounnon·re·coup·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·coup·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recoup

/ (rɪˈkuːp) /


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 forms of recoup

recoupable, 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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