reciprocate

[ ri-sip-ruh-keyt ]
/ rɪˈsɪp rəˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing.

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), re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing.

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Origin of reciprocate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin reciprocātus, past participle of reciprocāre “to move back and forth”; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM reciprocate

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Example sentences from the Web for reciprocate

  • We have not got away from manifestations of that spirit even yet, as our non-reciprocating state medical laws show.

British Dictionary definitions for reciprocate

reciprocate
/ (rɪˈsɪprəˌkeɪt) /

verb

to give or feel in return
to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
(intr) to be correspondent or equivalent

Derived forms of reciprocate

reciprocation, nounreciprocative or reciprocatory, adjectivereciprocator, noun

Word Origin for reciprocate

C17: from Latin reciprocāre, from reciprocus reciprocal
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