Pronunciation: (ri-kOOp'),[key] —v.t. 1. to get back the equivalent of: to recoup one's losses by a lucky investment. 2. to regain or recover.
3. to reimburse or indemnify; pay back: to recoup a person for expenses. 4. Law.to withhold (a portion of something due), having some rightful claim to do so.
—v.i. 1. to get back an equivalent, as of something lost.
2. Law.to plead in defense a claim arising out of the same subject matter as the plaintiff's claim.