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re·coup  audio  (r-kp) KEY 

VERB:
re·couped, re·coup·ing, re·coups
VERB:
tr.
  1. To receive an equivalent for; make up for: recoup a loss. See Synonyms at recover.
  2. To return as an equivalent for; reimburse.
  3. Law To deduct or withhold (part of something due) for an equitable reason.
VERB:
intr.
To regain a former favorable position.
NOUN:
The act of recouping.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English recoupen, to cut short, from Old French recouper, to cut back : re-, re- + couper, to cut (from coup, blow; see coup)

OTHER FORMS:
re·coupa·ble(Adjective), re·coupment(Noun)


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