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[ri-sip-ruh-keyt] /rɪˈsɪp rəˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), reciprocated, reciprocating.
to give, feel, etc., in return.
to give and receive reciprocally; interchange:
to reciprocate favors.
to cause to move alternately backward and forward.
verb (used without object), reciprocated, reciprocating.
to make a return, as for something given.
to make interchange.
to be correspondent.
to move alternately backward and forward.
Origin of reciprocate
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),
reciprocator, noun
nonreciprocating, adjective
unreciprocated, adjective
unreciprocating, adjective
1. return, respond, retaliate. Unabridged
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  • Love undenied, may end in friendship; but love thwarted or unreciprocated, never!

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • I tried to ignore the injury to Margaret of her unreciprocated advances.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • Her tears flowed silently, but she was far from unhappy; love, even unknown and unreciprocated, brings its own sweet reward.

    The Award of Justice A. Maynard Barbour
  • Suez has ruined our shipping interests; an unreciprocated free trade is ruining our commerce.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • The frequency of Cornelia's visits to the palace on following days seemed to prove that the admiration was not unreciprocated.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • The tragedy of love is not (what it is thought to be) the unreciprocated love, but the meagerly returned love.

  • No doubt some of them have even gloomed through brief periods of unreciprocated passion.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • But still the attraction had its influence, though unacknowledged in words, and unreciprocated in kind.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
British Dictionary definitions for unreciprocated


to give or feel in return
to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
(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 unreciprocated



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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