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.
- To receive an equivalent for; make up for: recoup a loss. See Synonyms at recover.
- To return as an equivalent for; reimburse.
- Law To deduct or withhold (part of something due) for an equitable reason.
- To regain a former favorable position.
- The act of recouping.