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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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Examples from the Web for reciprocated
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  • So it seems that the actions of the brain, and of the external senses, are reciprocated by the nerves, or something of this sort.

  • On one hand, the fear that their expression should not be understood and reciprocated by the Quadroon.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • His father loves him; passionately, and the sentiment is reciprocated, I assure you.

  • I knew that my passion, even if reciprocated, must be secret and silent.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • He had given her the best of care and affection and she reciprocated in as intelligent a manner as she knew how.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • He had, in his rough way, taken a fancy to our hero, which feeling was reciprocated.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
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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