[ 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.

  1. to reimburse or indemnify; pay back: to recoup a person for expenses.

  2. Law. to withhold (a portion of something due), having some rightful claim to do so.

verb (used without object)
  1. to get back an equivalent, as of something lost.

  2. Law. (of a defendant in a lawsuit) to plead that one is owed, in the same matter, an amount by the plaintiff which applies against the payment of one’s own debt to the plaintiff.

  1. an act of recouping.

Origin of recoup

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French recouper “to cut back, cut again,” equivalent to re- re- + couper “to cut”; see coup1

Other words for recoup

Other words from recoup

  • re·coup·a·ble, adjective
  • re·coup·ment, noun
  • non·re·coup·a·ble, adjective
  • un·re·coup·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use recoup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recoup


/ (rɪˈkuːp) /

  1. to regain or make good (a financial or other loss)

  2. (tr) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss

  1. law to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct

Origin of recoup

C15: from Old French recouper to cut back, from re- + couper to cut, from coper to behead; see coup 1

Derived forms of recoup

  • recoupable, adjective
  • recoupment, noun

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