To recoup is a kind of recovery: If you lost some money but then made that amount back, you recouped your loss.

When you recuperate, you get better after being sick. And when you recoup something, you get better or bounce back after a loss. Businesses that lose money try to recoup it by throwing a sale or cutting their budget. If a runner falls behind in a race but then speeds up to the front of the pack, he's recouped his lead. In some cases this word also means "to reimburse."

Definitions of recoup

v regain or make up for

recover, recuperate
catch up with, make up
make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss

Type of:
compensate, recompense, remunerate
make payment to; compensate

v retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments

deduct, withhold
deduct from someone's wages
Type of:
hold on, keep
retain possession of

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