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recoup

[ri-koop]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to get back the equivalent of: to recoup one's losses by a lucky investment.
  2. to regain or recover.
  3. to reimburse or indemnify; pay back: to recoup a person for expenses.
  4. Law. to withhold (a portion of something due), having some rightful claim to do so.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to get back an equivalent, as of something lost.
  2. Law. to plead in defense a claim arising out of the same subject matter as the plaintiff's claim.
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noun
  1. an act of recouping.
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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

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1. recover, restore, retrieve, balance. 3. recompense, remunerate.
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recoup

verb
  1. to regain or make good (a financial or other loss)
  2. (tr) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
  3. law to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct
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Derived Formsrecoupable, adjectiverecoupment, noun

Word Origin

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 recouped

recoup

v.

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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