recoup

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French recouper

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recoup (third-person singular simple present recoups, present participle recouping, simple past and past participle recouped)

  1. To make back, as an investment.
    He barely managed to recoup his money. He sold out for just what he had invested.
    to recoup losses made at the gaming table
  2. To recover from an error.
  3. (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.
    A landlord recouped the rent of premises from damages awarded to the plaintiff for eviction.
  4. (transitive) To reimburse; to indemnify; often used reflexively and in the passive.
    • Froude
      Elizabeth had lost her venture; but if she was bold, she might recoup herself at Philip's cost.
    • Duke of Argyll
      Industry is sometimes recouped for a small price by extensive custom.

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