Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To receive an equivalent for; make up for: recoup a loss. See Synonyms at recover.
  • transitive v. To return as an equivalent for; reimburse.
  • transitive v. Law To deduct or withhold (part of something due) for an equitable reason.
  • intransitive v. To regain a former favorable position.
  • n. The act of recouping.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make back, as an investment.
  • v. To recover from an error.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To reimburse; to indemnify; often used reflexively and in the passive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To get an equivalent or compensation for.
  • transitive v. To reimburse; to indemnify; -- often used reflexively and in the passive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law, to keep back as a set-off or discount; diminish by keeping back a part: as, to recoup from a servant's wages the damages caused by his negligence; to recoup from the price of goods sold a claim for breach of warranty as to quality.
  • To reimburse or indemnify for a loss or damage by a corresponding advantage: commonly used reflexively.
  • To return or bring in an amount equal to.
  • n. In law, the keeping back of something which is due; a deduction; recoupment; discount.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
  • v. reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
  • v. regain or make up for

Etymologies

Middle English recoupen, to cut short, from Old French recouper, to cut back : re-, re- + couper, to cut (from coup, blow; see coup).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French recouper (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While the service has been around for years, EMI hopes a widespread push in North America and Europe will help the label recoup low album sales.

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  • Moreover, many insurance companies (including mine) refuse to pay the $30,000 cost, reasoning that any economic benefit they would recoup is years down the road.

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  • The only cost to recoup is what it takes to put it into the various eformats.

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  • I need a break to recoup from the work that generated after the long holidays.

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  • And then he finds this model, trying to kind of recoup his self-esteem.

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  • It is true that the military does attempt to "recoup" bonuses, but, according to the Department of Defense, "Department policy prohibits recoupment when it would be contrary to equity and good conscience, or would be contrary to the nation's interests," circumstances that include, "an inability to complete a service agreement because of illness, injury, disability, or other impairment that did not clearly result from misconduct."

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  • If we have to wait for the studios to "recoup" first we will never see one stinking penny of residuals, period.

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  • City bosses on Tuesday took the first step in their initiative to "recoup" the outstanding arrears.

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  • Among other things, Rosenbaum noted, the bill would require the IRS to "police the contents" of everyone's insurance coverage and "recoup" tax reductions from them.

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  • She then told the board that the district would likely "recoup" $300,000 from its

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