reciprocate
verb (-cated; -cating) Date: 1607 transitive verb 1. to give and take mutually 2. to return in kind or degree <
reciprocate a compliment gracefully
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intransitive verb 1. to make a return for something <
we hope to reciprocate for your kindness
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2. to move forward and backward alternately <
a reciprocating valve
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reciprocator noun Synonyms: reciprocate, retaliate, requite, return mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity. reciprocate implies a mutual or equivalent exchange or a paying back of what one has received <
reciprocated their hospitality by inviting them for a visit
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. retaliate usually implies a paying back of injury in exact kind, often vengefully <
the enemy retaliated by executing their prisoners
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. requite implies a paying back according to one's preference and often not equivalently <
requited her love with cold indifference
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. return implies a paying or giving back <
returned their call
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<
return good for evil
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • reciprocate — reciprocate, retaliate, requite, return can mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity. Reciprocate may imply a mutual, equivalent, or roughly equivalent, exchange or a paying back of what one has received. The connotations of alternating… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Reciprocate — Re*cip ro*cate, v. t. To give and return mutually; to make return for; to give in return; to interchange; to alternate; as, to reciprocate favors. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reciprocate — Re*cip ro*cate (r[ e]*s[i^]p r[ o]*k[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Reciprocated} (r[ e]*s[i^]p r[ o]*k[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reciprocating}.] [L. reciprocatus, p. p. of reciprocare. See {Reciprocal}.] To move forward and backward… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reciprocate — I verb act interchangeably, alternate, cooperate, exchange, follow successively, give and take, give in return, inter se dare, interchange, pay back, perform by turns, perform responsively, recompense, refund, reimburse, repay, requite, respond,… …   Law dictionary

  • reciprocate — (v.) to return, requite, 1610s, from L. reciprocatus, pp. of reciprocare, from reciprocus (see RECIPROCAL (Cf. reciprocal)). Related: Reciprocated; reciprocating …   Etymology dictionary

  • reciprocate — [v] exchange, alternate; equal barter, be equivalent, correspond, feel in return, interchange, make up for*, match, pay one’s dues*, recompense, render, repay, reply, requite, respond, retaliate, retort, return, return the compliment*, scratch… …   New thesaurus

  • reciprocate — ► VERB ▪ respond to (a gesture, action, or emotion) with a corresponding one. DERIVATIVES reciprocation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • reciprocate — [ri sip′rəkāt΄] vt. reciprocated, reciprocating [< L reciprocatus, pp. of reciprocare < reciprocus: see RECIPROCAL] 1. a) to give and get, do, feel, etc. reciprocally; interchange b) to give, do, feel, etc. in return; return in kind or… …   English World dictionary

  • reciprocate — UK [rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt] / US [rɪˈsɪprəˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms reciprocate : present tense I/you/we/they reciprocate he/she/it reciprocates present participle reciprocating past tense reciprocated past participle reciprocated… …   English dictionary

  • reciprocate — v. (D; intr.) to reciprocate by; for; with * * * [rɪ sɪprəkeɪt] for with (D; intr.) to reciprocate by …   Combinatory dictionary

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