from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To receive an equivalent for; make up for: recoup a loss. See Synonyms at recover.
- transitive v. To return as an equivalent for; reimburse.
- transitive v. Law To deduct or withhold (part of something due) for an equitable reason.
- intransitive v. To regain a former favorable position.
- n. The act of recouping.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make back, as an investment.
- v. To recover from an error.
- v. 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.
- v. To reimburse; to indemnify; often used reflexively and in the passive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To get an equivalent or compensation for.
- transitive v. To reimburse; to indemnify; -- often used reflexively and in the passive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To reimburse or indemnify for a loss or damage by a corresponding advantage: commonly used reflexively.
- To return or bring in an amount equal to.
- n. In law, the keeping back of something which is due; a deduction; recoupment; discount.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
- v. reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
- v. regain or make up for
Middle English recoupen, to cut short, from Old French recouper, to cut back : re-, re- + couper, to cut (from coup, blow; see coup).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French recouper (Wiktionary)