[ ri-koop ]
/ rɪˈkup /
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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.
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Origin of recoup
OTHER WORDS FROM recoupre·coup·a·ble, adjectivere·coup·ment, nounnon·re·coup·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·coup·a·ble, adjective
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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 recouprecoupable, 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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