Definition of recoup in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈkuːp/


[with object]
1Regain (something lost or expended): rains have helped recoup water levels sleep was what she needed to recoup her strength [no object]: he’s just resting, recouping from the trial
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  • After a severe workout all morning, Tash knew that she needed to recoup her strength before the afternoon or she was in danger of going crazy.
  • During the day we went swimming and sunbathing to recoup our strength.
  • He has recouped a little of his lost global and domestic esteem with his work on Africa.
get back, regain, recover, win back, retrieve, repossess, redeem, make good
rare recuperate
1.1Regain (money spent) through subsequent profits: oil companies are keen to recoup their investment
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  • According to them, a complete kitchen makeover recoups 80 percent of its cost.
  • It's unlikely that he could recoup his loss if he sold the property after the cleanup.
  • Thus only a little over one third of the cost of maintaining the database is recouped by fees.
1.2Reimburse or compensate (someone) for money spent or lost: the company turned to the real estate industry to recoup them
1.3 Law Deduct or keep back (part of a sum due): federal law allows them to recoup part of the damages
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  • It is clear that when it withheld money due under the contract it did so in order to recoup its losses.
  • The employer may recoup the sums paid from the state by making deductions from National Insurance contributions.
  • The Salary Packaging Section will then commence a single pre-tax deduction through the normal fortnightly payroll to recoup the amount.



Example sentences
  • Not always, but very often, these costs - hundreds of thousands of dollars - are recoupable against the artist's share of the record royalties.
  • Two thirds of the grant aid the Council allocated under the scheme was recoupable from the State, he explained, and the remaining one third came from the local authority's own funding.
  • Forty per cent of the approved cost of water services for new residential development sites is recoupable by local authorities from my department under this initiative.


Pronunciation: /rɪˈkuːpm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • The board would also be seeking to generate more income from items like services to other agencies, superannuation contributions, Social Welfare recoupment and collection of statutory charges.
  • It is noted by the Defendant that correspondence after 9th August 2002 refers to recoupment of an overpayment to the Claimant and to alterations in the rate of support payable to asylum seekers.
  • The ‘depreciation’ charge was regarded as a recoupment of capital outlay.


Early 17th century (as a legal term): from French recouper 'retrench, cut back', from re- 'back' + couper 'to cut'.

Words that rhyme with recoup

bloop, cock-a-hoop, coop, croup, droop, drupe, dupe, goop, group, Guadeloupe, hoop, loop, poop, roup, scoop, sloop, snoop, soup, stoep, stoop, stoup, stupe, swoop, troop, troupe, whoop

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Line breaks: re¦coup

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