• WordNet 3.6
    • v recoup retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments "My employer is withholding taxes"
    • v recoup regain or make up for "recuperate one's losses"
    • v recoup reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Recoup To get an equivalent or compensation for; as, to recoup money lost at the gaming table; to recoup one's losses in the share market.
    • Recoup (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; as, where a landlord recouped the rent of premises from damages awarded to the plaintiff for eviction.
    • Recoup To reimburse; to indemnify; -- often used reflexively and in the passive. "Elizabeth had lost her venture; but if she was bold, she might recoup herself at Philip's cost.""Industry is sometimes recouped for a small price by extensive custom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recoup 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.
    • recoup To reimburse or indemnify for a loss or damage by a corresponding advantage: commonly used reflexively.
    • recoup To return or bring in an amount equal to.
    • n recoup In law, the keeping back of something which is due; a deduction; recoupment; discount.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Recoup rē-kōōp′ to make good: to indemnify
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. recouper,; pref. re-, re- + couper, to cut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. recouper, to cut again—re-, again, couper, to cut, coup, a stroke—Low L. colpus—L. colaphus.


In literature:

Here was a chance to recoup himself, in some small part, for the loss of his cabin and supplies.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The mad and headstrong gambler loses everything trying to recoup, and has nothing left to make a fresh start elsewhere.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
It will give poor old Morrison a chance to recoup.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
No, he is here to undertake to recoup himself in his own losses by reasons of moneys he advanced to me some time ago.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
How are the great expenditures of the war to be recouped?
"Porto Rico" by Arthur D. Hall
It is as though one took a jewel from the other, and the loser recouped the loss with a stone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Glad to get out in time to recoup his original investment.
"The Psilent Partner" by John Victor Peterson
He might have borrowed some money from Kendall, and stayed at the Springs and recouped.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
The Turks, during this period of growing Bulgarian nationalism, attempted to recoup their losses by effecting some moderate reforms.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
But the increasing sale of his books, and the expanding prosperity of his business, soon recouped his outlay.
"Allan Ramsay" by William Henry Oliphant Smeaton
His honest nature recoiled from taking that for which he gave no value, beyond recouping his previous losses.
"Valeria" by William Henry Withrow
You would recoup much of your loss here.
"The Sentimental Adventures of Jimmy Bulstrode" by Marie Van Vorst
The money I fully planned to recoup; her thirteenth Christmas was gone forever.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
The loser has to recoup the winner all his expenses.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
These losses, though deplorable, were not vital while the Russian armies still retained power to retaliate and recoup.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The Chicago engagement was expected to recoup us for our losses in the West.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II" by James H. Mapleson
The copyright is to be mine, but nothing else until you are entirely recouped.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Then, for the first time, he recognised the amount of his loss, and determined, if possible, to recoup himself.
"The Temptress" by William Le Queux
Edmond had lost more than a hundred francs; but he tried to recoup by increasing his stake, which suited his opponent perfectly.
"Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)" by Charles Paul de Kock
The losses can be recouped.
"A Little Girl in Old St. Louis" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In news:

Hamilton County schools trying to recoup meal debt.
California budget 'emergency': bid to recoup $6 billion in pensions.
Ohio County Court Tries to Recoup $63M in Costs.
Discover President Roger Hochschild's Recoup de Grâce.
Energy commodities recoup some of previous loss.
Ocean City Businesses Try To Recoup Lost Profits.
The Winnebago County Board unanimously approved a resolution to execute an agreement with Wal-Mart to recoup some of the money the county lost after the mega-chain had a change of plans.
Petersburg Will Recoup Money for RNC Party.
His grandmother died when he was in jail, and he can't recoup the estate's money.
Ohio county court tries to recoup $63M in costs.
Petersburg will recoup money for RNC party.
Dukes County towns can recoup Irene storm costs.
800response Missed Call Monitor helps companies recoup leads.
Senate passes bill designed to help USPS recoup losses.
Jets recoup lost wages for furloughed employees and coaches.