- 1[transitive, intransitive] to behave or feel towards somebody in the same way as they behave or feel towards you reciprocate something (with something) Her passion for him was not reciprocated. They wanted to reciprocate the kindness that had been shown to them. He smiled but his smile was not reciprocated. reciprocate (with something) I wasn't sure whether to laugh or to reciprocate with a remark of my own.
- 2[intransitive] (specialist) to move backwards and forwards in a straight line a reciprocating action Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin reciprocat-
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reciprocate
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt//he / she / it reciprocates
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪts//past simple reciprocated
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪtɪd//past participle reciprocated
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪtɪd//-ing form reciprocating
BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəkeɪtɪŋ//