Re·coup, Re·coupe v. t.
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.
v 1: reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss [syn: reimburse]
2: regain or make up for; "recuperate one's losses" [syn: recover,
3: retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments; "My
employer is withholding taxes" [syn: withhold, deduct]