- To recoup is defined as to recover, replenish or gain back.
- An example of recoup is for a company to get back its losses.
- An example of recoup is to recover from an illness.
- to get back an equivalent for; make up for: to recoup a loss
- to regain: to recoup one's health
- to pay back; reimburse
- Law to deduct or hold back (a part of what is due), having some reasonable claim to do so
Origin of recoupFrench recouper ; from re-, again + couper, to cut, strike: see coup
verbre·couped, re·coup·ing, re·coups
- a. To get back; recover or regain: recoup a loss; recoup one's dignity.b. To gain an amount equal to (an outlay or investment): expected to recoup the development costs in three years.c. To restore; replenish: “urged [her] to catch up on sleep and recoup her utterly spent resources” (Bernard Lown).
- To reimburse (someone) for a loss or expenditure.
- Law To reduce (the amount of a monetary claim made by a party in a legal action) because of a failure of that party to perform an obligation under the contract or law related to the claim.
Origin of recoupMiddle English recoupen, to cut short, from Old French recouper, to cut back : re-, re- + couper, to cut (from coup, blow; see coup).
(third-person singular simple present recoups, present participle recouping, simple past and past participle recouped)
- 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
- To recover from an error.
- (law) 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.
- To reimburse; to indemnify; often used reflexively and in the passive.