"give in return," 1570s, from Latin retributus, past participle of retribuere "give back, restore, repay" (see retribution). Related: Retributed; retributing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Examples from the Web for retribute
Ena seemed to look on it at first as a retribution, but Archie insists that there never was anything to retribute.The Side Of The Angels
Can we retribute the sufferings which have been caused by the depreciation of our currency?Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton