- 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
an act of recouping
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.
To recover from loss or exhaustion; recuperate: needed to recoup after the strenuous campaign.
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.