- 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 reciprocated
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Washington reciprocated, ordering two Venezuelan diplomats to go home.A Wild Night in Caracas: U.S. Embassy Officials Shot
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Of course, for reciprocal altruism to work, it must be reciprocated.Mark Pagel in ‘Wired for Culture’ Makes a Strong Case for Cultural Determinism
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That warm, fuzzy feeling is reciprocated—more often than not on a first-name basis.Haley Barbour's Secret Weapon
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Though younger than myself, she reciprocated the love she had inspired.Philothea
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I had no secrets from them (hear, hear), and this confidence was reciprocated on their part.Explorations in Australia
He fell greatly in love, and ventured to believe that the emotion was reciprocated.In the Valley
That officer, with the utmost sincerity, reciprocated the sentiment.
Believe me, the feeling is reciprocated in its fullest extent.The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I
- 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 reciprocated
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