reciprocate

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verb re·cip·ro·cate \ri-ˈsi-prə-ˌkāt\

Definition of reciprocate

reciprocated

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reciprocating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give and take mutually

  3. 2 :  to return in kind or degree reciprocate a compliment gracefully

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make a return for something we hope to reciprocate for your kindness

  6. 2 :  to move forward and backward alternately a reciprocating valve

reciprocator

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Examples of reciprocate in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. They appreciated her kindness but were not ready to reciprocate the gesture.

  5. reciprocated the favor by driving their neighbor to the airport

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Origin and Etymology of reciprocate

see 1reciprocal

Synonym Discussion of reciprocate

reciprocate, retaliate, requite, return mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity. reciprocate implies a mutual or equivalent exchange or a paying back of what one has received. reciprocated their hospitality by inviting them for a visit retaliate usually implies a paying back of injury in exact kind, often vengefully. the enemy retaliated by executing their prisoners requite implies a paying back according to one's preference and often not equivalently. requited her love with cold indifference return implies a paying or giving back. returned their call return good for evil

RECIPROCATE Defined for English Language Learners

reciprocate

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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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