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
Origin and Etymology of reciprocate
First Known Use: 1607
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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