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reciprocate

[ri-sip-ruh-keyt] /rɪˈsɪp rəˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), reciprocated, reciprocating.
1.
to give, feel, etc., in return.
2.
to give and receive reciprocally; interchange:
to reciprocate favors.
3.
to cause to move alternately backward and forward.
verb (used without object), reciprocated, reciprocating.
4.
to make a return, as for something given.
5.
to make interchange.
6.
to be correspondent.
7.
to move alternately backward and forward.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin reciprocātus past participle of reciprocāre to move back and forth. See reciprocal, -ate1
Related forms
reciprocative, reciprocatory
[ri-sip-ruh-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈsɪp rə kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
reciprocator, noun
nonreciprocating, adjective
unreciprocated, adjective
unreciprocating, adjective
Synonyms
1. return, respond, retaliate.
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Examples from the web for reciprocated
  • The generosity of these molluscs, though, has not been reciprocated by mankind.
  • His genuine warmth and sensitivity was reciprocated by many friends from all walks of life.
  • And they have not reciprocated his show of goodwill.
  • He the key to his flat, this was the first time in his adult life he loved someone who reciprocated his feelings.
  • In bad times, reinsurers reciprocated by paying even questionable claims.
  • It is her character's first direct admission that his emotion for her was reciprocated.
  • Nevertheless, it may be worth being kind to people outside the family as the favour might be reciprocated in future.
  • Hagler smiled and waved to her, and she reciprocated.
  • It will take time for the police charm offensive to be reciprocated.
  • She cherished her many friends, and they reciprocated her warmth and sincerity with affection and kindness.
British Dictionary definitions for reciprocated

reciprocate

/rɪˈsɪprəˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
to give or feel in return
2.
to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
3.
(intransitive) to be correspondent or equivalent
Derived Forms
reciprocation, noun
reciprocative, reciprocatory, adjective
reciprocator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin reciprocāre, from reciprocusreciprocal
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Word Origin and History for reciprocated

reciprocate

v.

"to return, requite," 1610s, back-formation from reciprocation, or else from Latin reciprocatus, past participle of reciprocare "rise and fall, move back and forth; reverse the motion of," from reciprocus (see reciprocal). Related: Reciprocated; reciprocating.

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