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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

re·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

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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