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
Related formsre·cip·ro·ca·tive, re·cip·ro·ca·to·ry [ri-sip-ruh-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈsɪp rə kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivere·cip·ro·ca·tor, nounnon·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjectiveun·re·cip·ro·cat·ed, adjectiveun·re·cip·ro·cat·ing, adjective

Synonyms for reciprocate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for unreciprocated

unrequited, unreturned

Examples from the Web for unreciprocated

Contemporary Examples of unreciprocated

Historical Examples of unreciprocated

  • Love undenied, may end in friendship; but love thwarted or unreciprocated, never!

    The Maroon

    Mayne Reid

  • I tried to ignore the injury to Margaret of her unreciprocated advances.

    The New Machiavelli

    Herbert George Wells

  • Her tears flowed silently, but she was far from unhappy; love, even unknown and unreciprocated, brings its own sweet reward.

    The Award of Justice

    A. Maynard Barbour

  • Suez has ruined our shipping interests; an unreciprocated free trade is ruining our commerce.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • The frequency of Cornelia's visits to the palace on following days seemed to prove that the admiration was not unreciprocated.

    A Friend of Caesar

    William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for unreciprocated



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 unreciprocated



"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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