- to give, feel, etc., in return.
- to give and receive reciprocally; interchange: to reciprocate favors.
- to cause to move alternately backward and forward.
- to make a return, as for something given.
- to make interchange.
- to be correspondent.
- to move alternately backward and forward.
Origin of reciprocate
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1. return, respond, retaliate.
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Examples from the Web for reciprocate
“She was always aloof, quiet, and never put out any effort to reciprocate,” Wall said.Utah’s Murderer Mom Is a Monster but She’s Not the First
April 16, 2014
And world powers said they were ready to reciprocate, if Iran gave significant assurances.Western and Iranian Diplomats Upbeat after Swiss Talks on Security Issues
October 15, 2013
The Israelis reciprocate with unique intelligence assistance.The Not So Special U.S.-Israel Relationship
October 29, 2012
They treat the Yemenis with contempt, and the Yemenis reciprocate.Yemen on the Brink
September 24, 2011
When we meet in debates, Karl is cordial—even genial—and I do my best to reciprocate.Karl Rove’s Gift to the Dems
June 30, 2011
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.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Reciprocate that friendship, be true, sincere, and plain dealing.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It was a pleasure to reciprocate her confidence if he could not her love.A Love Story Reversed
He was sensible enough to reciprocate the kindness shown him.The Shellback's Progress
- to give or feel in return
- to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
- (intr) to be correspondent or equivalent
C17: from Latin reciprocāre, from reciprocus reciprocal
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Word Origin and History for reciprocate
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