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reciprocate

[ri-sip-ruh-keyt]
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verb (used with object), re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing.
  1. to make a return, as for something given.
  2. to make interchange.
  3. to be correspondent.
  4. to move alternately backward and forward.
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Origin of reciprocate

1605–15; < Latin reciprocātus past participle of reciprocāre to move back and forth. See reciprocal, -ate1
Related formsre·cip·ro·ca·tive, re·cip·ro·ca·to·ry [ri-sip-ruh-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈsɪp rə kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivere·cip·ro·ca·tor, nounnon·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjectiveun·re·cip·ro·cat·ed, adjectiveun·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. return, respond, retaliate.
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Historical Examples

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

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh


British Dictionary definitions for non-reciprocating

reciprocate

verb
  1. to give or feel in return
  2. to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
  3. (intr) to be correspondent or equivalent
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Derived Formsreciprocation, nounreciprocative or reciprocatory, adjectivereciprocator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin reciprocāre, from reciprocus reciprocal
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Word Origin and History for non-reciprocating

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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