[ 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.
to make a return, as for something given.
to make interchange.
to be correspondent.
to move alternately backward and forward.
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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 reciprocatere·cip·ro·ca·tive, re·cip·ro·ca·to·ry [ri-sip-ruh-kuh-tawr-ee], /rɪˈsɪp rə kəˌtɔr i/, adjectivere·cip·ro·ca·tor, nounnon·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjectiveun·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reciprocate
/ (rɪˈsɪprəˌkeɪt) /
to give or feel in return
to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
(intr) to be correspondent or equivalent
Derived forms of reciprocatereciprocation, nounreciprocative or reciprocatory, adjectivereciprocator, noun
Word Origin for reciprocate
C17: from Latin reciprocāre, from reciprocus reciprocal
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