reciprocate

[ ri-sip-ruh-keyt ]
/ rɪˈsɪp rəˌkeɪt /

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.

Origin of reciprocate

1605–15; < Latin reciprocātus past participle of reciprocāre to move back and forth. See reciprocal, -ate1
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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 Formsreciprocation, nounreciprocative or reciprocatory, adjectivereciprocator, noun

Word Origin for reciprocate

C17: from Latin reciprocāre, from reciprocus reciprocal
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Word Origin and History for reciprocate

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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