reciprocate

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ɹɪˈsɪpɹəˌkeɪt/
  • Hyphenation: re‧ci‧pro‧cate

Verb[change]

Plain form
reciprocate

Third-person singular
reciprocates

Past tense
reciprocated

Past participle
reciprocated

Present participle
reciprocating

  1. (intransitive) To go with alternating forward and backward motion.
    A reciprocatine engine is so called because its pistons reciprocate: they go forward and backward.
  2. (transitive) When someone reciprocates something, it means that they give something back in return for something they get. This thing can be an object, or a feeling.
    She did not reciprocate his love for her.