Re*coup", Re*coupe" (-k??p"), v. t. [F. recouper; pref. re- re- + couper to cut.]

1. 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.

2.

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.

3.

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. Froude.
Industry is sometimes recouped for a small price by extensive custom. Duke of Argyll.

© Webster 1913.

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