Definition of reciprocate in US English:

reciprocate

verb

  • 1with object Respond to (a gesture or action) by making a corresponding one.

    ‘the favor was reciprocated’
    no object ‘perhaps I was expected to reciprocate with some remark of my own’
    • ‘The occupants in the front row - musicians and important invitees - appeared to be a privileged lot, reciprocating the greetings of visitors who passed by.’
    • ‘She reciprocated his embrace, crying silently.’
    • ‘This was a phenomenal break for the band and they reciprocated the gesture with an astounding and memorable performance.’
    • ‘Will those who claim to represent the Hindu populace reciprocate the gesture?’
    • ‘I look forward to seeing the president reciprocating the gesture.’
    • ‘I do not thrive on reviews but I do appreciate them and quite often reciprocate the favor.’
    • ‘Yes, I do contact the other mother by phone just to say ‘hello,’ but she never reciprocates the gesture.’
    • ‘They expected the generosity to be reciprocated.’
    • ‘Trent reciprocated her embrace, lacing his arms around her waist and lifting her up against him.’
    • ‘Filipinos avoid people who do not reciprocate a favour.’
    • ‘The old man bowed, a gesture which was reciprocated by both newcomers.’
    • ‘In turn, you keep a closed loop by reciprocating the favor to the other website by extending the same courtesy of a back link.’
    • ‘What I did was to reciprocate the gesture he made to me.’
    • ‘Those gestures were reciprocated and negotiations ensued.’
    • ‘In March 1999, Russia unilaterally cut customs duties on some Bulgarian imports and has been expecting Bulgaria to reciprocate.’
    • ‘Marcus reciprocated the farewell gesture by slightly nodding his head and slowly blinking his large, intelligent eyes.’
    • ‘He reciprocated the embrace, rocking her gently as he pressed kisses into her hair.’
    • ‘Learn to respect and reciprocate small gestures of concern, kindness, compassion and humanity.’
    • ‘It was a pointed gesture from the Africans, and the question now is; are we able to reciprocate their welcoming gestures and acknowledge their willingness to work with us?’
    • ‘He flatters, massages their egos, tells them that they are statesmen, hints at his own ability to further their careers, provided the gesture is reciprocated.’
    do the same, do the same in return, respond in kind, return the favour
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    1. 1.1 Experience the same (love, liking, or affection) for someone as that person does for oneself.
      ‘her passion for him was not reciprocated’
      • ‘If romantic interest is reciprocated, young men and young women will visit surreptitiously at night under the cover of darkness.’
      • ‘The feeling was not reciprocated and Nicole felt like crying when she realized it.’
      • ‘It was all his fault; Will had picked up on his feelings and assumed he was expected to reciprocate them.’
      • ‘The daughter, who has inherited her mother's sensibilities as well as her appearance, reciprocates Pierre's love for her.’
      • ‘But when his love was not reciprocated he turned from admirer to stalker, Harrogate magistrates were told.’
      • ‘He also discusses the well-known phenomenon of using one's friends to find out if one's interest is reciprocated by the object of one's affection.’
      • ‘When the love isn't reciprocated, the man has a breakdown of sorts and sells pictures of her smoking heroin to a newspaper, and there's a bit of a fight that we don't see.’
      • ‘Lopez is clearly a gifted teacher who has earned and reciprocated the love of his students.’
      • ‘They also described reciprocated friendships more positively than unreciprocated ones.’
      • ‘When ministers start judging the public by what they do with their spare time, the interest is often reciprocated.’
      • ‘They make us believe that they reciprocate our loyalty and friendship.’
      • ‘This first grandchild was to be her enduring favourite, and the devotion was reciprocated.’
      • ‘In terms of character, although Robert takes the lead in seducing Francesca, his longing is reciprocated throughout.’
      • ‘Because she then realized that her husband was madly in love with another woman, and that his love was reciprocated.’
      • ‘Eduardo loves his son and that love is very clearly reciprocated.’
      • ‘The real issue is, why are you so heavily interested in someone who isn't reciprocating interest in an active way and repeatedly delivers fresh blows of rejection?’
      • ‘Her affection was reciprocated without hesitation.’
      • ‘Tom loves Iola, but does not expect his feelings to be reciprocated because he recognizes that he is not of her class or world.’
      • ‘We see him through Tatiana's eyes, reciprocating her love.’
      • ‘I had one relationship with a girl who truly loved me, but I was unable to reciprocate her love.’
      requite, return, feel in return, give in return, repay, give back
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  • 2usually as adjective reciprocatingno object (of a part of a machine) move backward and forward in a straight line.

    ‘a reciprocating blade’
    • ‘The pruning machines were simply reciprocating cutters or flails mounted on a tractor.’
    • ‘A steam locomotive, for example, is a machine that converts the reciprocating motion of a piston into the rotation of its driving wheels.’
    • ‘Unlike a piston engine, where reciprocating parts move up and down, the twin rotors in the Mazda just spin around.’
    • ‘This removable component not only provides full-length rails on which the slide reciprocates, but also contains the trigger mechanism, safety and sear.’
    • ‘Lighter reciprocating and rotating parts were used and counterbalancing improved.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin reciprocat- ‘moved backwards and forwards’, from the verb reciprocare, from reciprocus (see reciprocal).

Pronunciation

reciprocate

/rəˈsɪprəˌkeɪt//rəˈsiprəˌkāt/