verb (used with object)
1. to give, feel, etc., in return.
2. to give and receive reciprocally; interchange: to reciprocate favors.
3. to cause to move alternately backward and forward.
verb (used without object)
4. to make a return, as for something given.
5. to make interchange.
6. to be correspondent.
7. to move alternately backward and forward.
OTHER WORDS FROM RECIPROCATE
re·cip·ro·ca·tive, re·cip·ro·ca·to·ry [ri-sip-ruh-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
WORDS RELATED TO RECIPROCATE
retaliate, repay, respond, interchange, square, return, barter, render, retort, share, correspond, trade, swap, swing, requite, vacillate, reply, match, recompense
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1. return, respond, retaliate.
Origin: 1605–15; < Latin reciprocatus past participle of reciprocare to move back and forth. See reciprocal, -ate
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR RECIPROCATE
“She was always aloof, quiet, and never put out any effort to reciprocate,” Wall said.
UTAH’S MURDERER MOM IS A MONSTER BUT SHE’S NOT THE FIRST|STEVE MILLER|APRIL 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And world powers said they were ready to reciprocate, if Iran gave significant assurances.
WESTERN AND IRANIAN DIPLOMATS UPBEAT AFTER SWISS TALKS ON SECURITY ISSUES|ALI GHARIB|OCTOBER 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Israelis reciprocate with unique intelligence assistance.
THE NOT SO SPECIAL U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP|ANDREW APOSTOLOU|OCTOBER 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They treat the Yemenis with contempt, and the Yemenis reciprocate.
YEMEN ON THE BRINK|BRUCE RIEDEL|SEPTEMBER 24, 2011|DAILY BEAST
When we meet in debates, Karl is cordial—even genial—and I do my best to reciprocate.
KARL ROVE’S GIFT TO THE DEMS|PAUL BEGALA|JUNE 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST
You have had warmer feelings for Meg than she could reciprocate.
PEARL OF PEARL ISLAND|JOHN OXENHAM
"You carry those things as easy as a walking-stick," Wakefield observed, ready to reciprocate in point of compliments.
PEAK AND PRAIRIE|ANNA FULLER
A girl of my own age, of fine character and noticeable refinement, fell in love with me and caused me to reciprocate.
STUDIES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX, VOLUME 2 (OF 6)|HAVELOCK ELLIS
Despairing of making her reciprocate his love, Kawelo poured into his mother's bosom his grief and his tears.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, OREGON, AND THE SANDWICH ISLANDS|CHARLES NORDHOFF
I feel it, I reproach myself that I do not reciprocate his regard as I ought, as he deserves—but is in my power?
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOL. 53, NO. 331, MAY, 1843|VARIOUS