Definition of recoup in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Regain (something lost or expended)

    ‘rains have helped recoup water levels’
    ‘sleep was what she needed to recoup her strength’
    • ‘The only way to recoup what we have lost is with a workforce that can meet the challenges of a modern economy.’
    • ‘Three years ago he reminded readers that the Christian right was relying on a new public relations approach to recoup some of the ground it had recently lost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once more, this country has recouped its liberty and we will all struggle to perfect and maintain it.’
    • ‘He has recouped a little of his lost global and domestic esteem with his work on Africa.’
    • ‘But patching a system won't recover stolen data, recoup competitive advantage or revive consumer confidence.’
    • ‘Efforts will be made to recoup the lost teaching and learning time in the second term.’
    • ‘And once signed away, privacy is hard to recoup.’
    • ‘During the day we went swimming and sunbathing to recoup our strength.’
    • ‘The company is trying to recoup lost ground by providing a full range of services at Air Force installations in Korea and Germany.’
    get back, regain, recover, win back, retrieve, repossess, redeem, make good
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    1. 1.1 Regain (money spent or lost), especially through subsequent profits.
      ‘oil companies are keen to recoup their investment’
      • ‘There is currently no mechanism by which the full amount of the increase in land value can be recouped for the public domain.’
      • ‘But if you do that, you will eliminate any chance of recouping your capital when the stock market recovers.’
      • ‘But not all of that money is easily recouped at resale.’
      • ‘This technique would provide a low-cost solution in a matter of hours and as a bonus the ticket sales would allow us to recoup some lost revenue.’
      • ‘If you live in the West, chances are your electric bill subsidizes irrigation, a cost you're supposed to recoup from lower food prices at the grocery store.’
      • ‘According to this thesis, the recent premium increases were due in large part to the insurance industry's need to recoup losses caused by the tumbling stock market and industry price wars.’
      • ‘According to them, a complete kitchen makeover recoups 80 percent of its cost.’
      • ‘The company's shareholder groups are preparing to challenge the government in an attempt to recoup their lost investments.’
      • ‘On the contrary, they expected the demand to recover to former levels, or even better, thereby enabling them to recoup the losses they had sustained and, possibly, increase their profits.’
      • ‘It's unlikely that he could recoup his loss if he sold the property after the cleanup.’
      • ‘In the absence of authorisation or ratification of the payment, the bank must in my judgment meet this claim and recoup the sum paid, if they can, from the third party to which it was paid.’
      • ‘Thus only a little over one third of the cost of maintaining the database is recouped by fees.’
      • ‘Belichick's ruling means Glenn will be able to recoup $125,000 in lost wages and fines.’
      • ‘In addition, the 77-store chain has had to sell $6-million of water-damaged merchandise to a salvage company, recouping about 12 cents on the dollar.’
      • ‘We've already recouped our costs, and more, and are thrilled with performance, reliability and security.’
    2. 1.2 Reimburse or compensate (someone) for money spent or lost.
      reimburse, refund, pay back, recompense, compensate, remunerate, square accounts with, settle up with, indemnify, pay off
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    3. 1.3Law Deduct or keep back (part of a sum due).
      • ‘The Salary Packaging Section will then commence a single pre-tax deduction through the normal fortnightly payroll to recoup the amount.’
      • ‘The employer may recoup the sums paid from the state by making deductions from National Insurance contributions.’
      • ‘It is clear that when it withheld money due under the contract it did so in order to recoup its losses.’
      • ‘For example, depending upon whether or not the musician's albums made a profit, the fact that he hasn't received any royalties may not be determinative, if the agreement in question provided for the specialty company's right to recoup its expenses incurred in promoting and selling the albums, as a first charge against any profits received.’


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