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Definition of reciprocate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reciprocate
    he / she / it reciprocates
    past simple reciprocated
    -ing form reciprocating
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to behave or feel toward someone in the same way as they behave or feel toward 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. 2[intransitive] (technology) to move backward and forward in a straight line a reciprocating action
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noun [uncountable]
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