recoup

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
  1. verb
    regain or make up for
    synonyms: recover, recuperate
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    types:
    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
  2. verb
    reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
    synonyms: reimburse
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    type of:
    compensate, recompense, remunerate
    make payment to; compensate
  3. verb
    retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
    synonyms: deduct, withhold
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    types:
    dock
    deduct from someone's wages
    type of:
    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
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