reciprocate [ri- sip-r uh-keyt] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for reciprocate on Thesaurus.com 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. Origin of reciprocate 1605–15;
past participle of
to move back and forth. See
-ate 1 Related forms re·cip·ro·ca·tive, re·cip·ro·ca·to·ry , [ri- sip-r uh-k uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈsɪp rə kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective re·cip·ro·ca·tor, noun non·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjective un·re·cip·ro·cat·ed, adjective un·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reciprocator to give or feel in return to move or cause to move backwards and forwards (intr) to be correspondent or equivalent Derived Forms reciprocation, noun reciprocative or reciprocatory, adjective reciprocator, noun Word Origin
C17: from Latin
reciprocāre, from reciprocus reciprocal
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Word Origin and History for reciprocator 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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