Definition of reciprocate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    reciprocate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//rɪˈsɪprəˌkeɪt//
     
    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
reciprocation
 
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NAmE//rɪˌsɪprəˈkeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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