verb (used with object)

  1. to get back the equivalent of: to recoup one’s losses by a lucky investment.
  2. to regain or recover.
  3. to reimburse or indemnify; pay back: to recoup a person for expenses.
  4. Law. to withhold (a portion of something due), having some rightful claim to do so.

verb (used without object)

  1. to get back an equivalent, as of something lost.
  2. Law. to plead in defense a claim arising out of the same subject matter as the plaintiff’s claim.


  1. an act of recouping.


  1. to regain or make good (a financial or other loss)
  2. (tr) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
  3. law to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct

1620s, from French recouper “to cut back” (12c.), from Old French re- “back” (see re-) + couper “to cut,” from coup “a blow” (see coup). Originally a legal term meaning “to deduct;” sense of “to recompense for loss or expense” first recorded 1660s. Related: Recouped; recouping.

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