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Definitions for reciprocate
rɪˈsɪp rəˌkeɪtre·cip·ro·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reciprocateverb

    act, feel, or give mutually or in return

    "We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!"

  2. reciprocateverb

    alternate the direction of motion of

    "the engine reciprocates the propeller"


  1. reciprocateverb

    To mutually give and take something; to interchange.

    Etymology: From reciprocātus, past participle of reciprocare.

  2. reciprocateverb

    To give something in response.

    Etymology: From reciprocātus, past participle of reciprocare.

  3. reciprocateverb

    To move backwards and forwards, like a piston.

    Etymology: From reciprocātus, past participle of reciprocare.

  4. reciprocateverb

    To counter, retort or retaliate.

    Etymology: From reciprocātus, past participle of reciprocare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reciprocateverb

    to move forward and backward alternately; to recur in vicissitude; to act interchangeably; to alternate

    Etymology: [L. reciprocatus, p. p. of reciprocare. See Reciprocal.]

  2. Reciprocateverb

    to give and return mutually; to make return for; to give in return; to interchange; to alternate; as, to reciprocate favors

    Etymology: [L. reciprocatus, p. p. of reciprocare. See Reciprocal.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reciprocate

    The alternate motion balancing a steam-engine.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reciprocate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reciprocate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of reciprocate in a Sentence

  1. Angela Ahlers:

    We want to raise our son to not reciprocate hatred with hatred. We want to battle hatred with love, so, we obviously know somebody that did this is disturbed and we hope they get help. But, we're going to keep taking your signs down as we see them because this town doesn't need hatred. This town needs love.

  2. Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    I would say to the Indonesian people and the Indonesian Government: We in Australia are always there to help you, and we hope that you might reciprocate, i don't want to prejudice the best possible relations with a very important friend and neighbor. But I've got to say that we can't just ignore this kind of thing.

  3. Robert Einhorn:

    If, at the end of June, there is not a deal, and talks have broken off, I think that it is inevitable that the Congress will adopt new sanctions legislation, what that will mean is the Iranians will reciprocate.

  4. Jenny Town:

    I think (North Korea's) expectations were too high that the removal of Bolton would provide more flexibility on what the U.S. wants as initial steps, while certainly it removes some pressure for an all or nothing deal, it seems the gap between what the two sides want as a baseline and are willing to reciprocate still has not narrowed.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

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  • Mustafa Khan
    I found u to be very awesome on the first "Meeting itself". Me wondering now how awesome you would be if I meet you daily, Your Honour?
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a socially awkward or tactless act
  • A. deterioration
  • B. slip
  • C. accident
  • D. accommodation

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