Definition of reciprocate
1 : to give and take mutually
2 : to return in kind or degree reciprocate a compliment gracefully
1 : to make a return for something we hope to reciprocate for your kindness
2 : to move forward and backward alternately a reciprocating valve
reciprocatorplay \-ˌkā-tər\ noun
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Examples of reciprocate in a Sentence
Individuals who have received a dedication … are expected to reciprocate with a gift, perhaps placing a few folded notes of money into the hat when they give it back. —A. L. Kennedy, On Bullfighting, 1999
When he entered the room … Agnes was conscious of a latent feeling which secretly reciprocated Henry's unconcealed pleasure on meeting her again. —Wilkie Collins, The Haunted Hotel, 1878
Thus expressing himself, the little lawyer gave Mr. Winkle a poke in the chest, which that gentleman reciprocated; after which they both laughed very loudly … —Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1837
They appreciated her kindness but were not ready to reciprocate the gesture.
reciprocated the favor by driving their neighbor to the airport
Recent Examples of reciprocate from the Web
But as Attorney General Jeff Sessions learned this week, the loyalty Trump expects isn’t always reciprocated.
But the interest wasn’t reciprocated when general manager and president of hockey operations Dale Tallon cut off negotiations with the 45-year-old free agent right wing’s agent on July 1, the first day of NHL free agency.
Sands says American presidents have long reciprocated that allegiance, by including Canada in the founding of the UN, International Monetary Fund, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Still, son assured mother not to worry, and mother asked son to reciprocate.
Bryan’s vulnerability challenged me to reciprocate that vulnerability.
Green ordered Tuesday’s starter, Jhoulys Chacin, not to reciprocate, setting off a crapstorm.
To keep enthusiasm up, Norman is really tying himself to Trump, and the president has reciprocated with a robo-call for Norman.
The U.K. is reportedly planning to make a generous offer to the 3 million EU nationals living in Britain so long as it’s reciprocated for the 1 million Britons residing on the continent.
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Synonym Discussion of reciprocate
RECIPROCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reciprocate for English Language Learners
: to do (something) for or to someone who has done something similar for or to you
: to have (a feeling) for someone who has the same feeling for you
: to move back and forth again and again
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