• (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈkuːp/

recoup (recoups, present participle recouping; past and past participle recouped)

  1. To make back, as an investment.
    He barely managed to recoup his money. He sold out for just what he had invested.
    to recoup losses made at the gaming table
  2. To recover from an error.
  3. (legal) To keep back rightfully (a part), as if by cutting off, so as to diminish a sum due; to take off (a part) from damages; to deduct.
    A landlord recouped the rent of premises from damages awarded to the plaintiff for eviction.
  4. (transitive) To reimburse; to indemnify; often used reflexively and in the passive.
    • Elizabeth had lost her venture; but if she was bold, she might recoup herself at Philip's cost.
    • 1887, George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll, Scotland as it was and as it is
      Industry is sometimes recouped for a small price by extensive custom.

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