verb (used with object), re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing.
verb (used without object), re·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing.
- reciprocal inhibition,
- reciprocal insurance,
- reciprocal leveling,
- reciprocal transfusion,
- reciprocal translocation,
- reciprocating engine,
- reciprocity failure
Origin of reciprocate
Examples from the Web for reciprocate
“She was always aloof, quiet, and never put out any effort to reciprocate,” Wall said.Utah’s Murderer Mom Is a Monster but She’s Not the First|Steve Miller|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And world powers said they were ready to reciprocate, if Iran gave significant assurances.Western and Iranian Diplomats Upbeat after Swiss Talks on Security Issues|Ali Gharib|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Israelis reciprocate with unique intelligence assistance.
They treat the Yemenis with contempt, and the Yemenis reciprocate.
When we meet in debates, Karl is cordial—even genial—and I do my best to reciprocate.
You have had warmer feelings for Meg than she could reciprocate.Pearl of Pearl Island|John Oxenham
"You carry those things as easy as a walking-stick," Wakefield observed, ready to reciprocate in point of compliments.Peak and Prairie|Anna Fuller
A girl of my own age, of fine character and noticeable refinement, fell in love with me and caused me to reciprocate.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
Despairing of making her reciprocate his love, Kawelo poured into his mother's bosom his grief and his tears.Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands|Charles Nordhoff
I feel it, I reproach myself that I do not reciprocate his regard as I ought, as he deserves—but is in my power?
Word Origin for reciprocate
"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.