: to get back or get back an equivalent for [ costs through higher prices]
2 a : to obtain or get back (as damages, satisfaction for a debt, or property) through a judgment or decree [ damages in a tort action]
b : to obtain (a judgment) in one's favor
1 : to get something back
2 : to obtain damages or something else through a judgment [argued that the plaintiff should not be permitted to ]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.