Definition of reciprocate
- reciprocate a compliment gracefully
- we hope to reciprocate for your kindness
- a reciprocating valve
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They appreciated her kindness but were not ready to reciprocate the gesture.
reciprocated the favor by driving their neighbor to the airport
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: 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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