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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 of reciprocate
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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  • Then, Kingozi knew, he should be able to reciprocate in degree.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • It's true that she's determined to have him, and that it's impossible for him not to reciprocate her love.

  • We solicit your influence with your friends, and will be ready to reciprocate such favors.

  • It was a pleasure to reciprocate her confidence if he could not her love.

    A Love Story Reversed Edward Bellamy
  • And are you going to reciprocate by wiring him about the $10,000 Nita banked here?

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
British Dictionary definitions for reciprocate

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 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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