American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give or take mutually; interchange.
- v. To show, feel, or give in response or return.
- v. To move back and forth alternately.
- v. To give and take something mutually.
- v. To make a return for something given or done.
- v. To be complementary or equivalent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to move back and forth; give an alternating motion to.
- To give and return mutually; yield or perform each to each; interchange: as, to reciprocate favors.
- To give or do in response; yield a return of; requite correspondingly.
- To move backward and forward; have an alternating movement; act interchangeably; alternate.
- To act in return or response; do something equivalent or accordant: as, I did him many favors, but he did not reciprocate.
- In mathematics, to take the reciprocal of.
- v. transitive To mutually give and take something; to interchange.
- v. transitive To give something in response.
- v. intransitive To move backwards and forwards, like a piston.
- v. intransitive To counter, retort or retaliate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To move forward and backward alternately; to recur in vicissitude; to act interchangeably; to alternate.
- v. To give and return mutually; to make return for; to give in return; to interchange; to alternate.
- v. act, feel, or give mutually or in return
- v. alternate the direction of motion of
- From Latin reciprocātus, past participle of reciprocāre ("to move back and forth"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin reciprocāre, reciprocāt-, to move back and forth, from reciprocus, alternating; see reciprocal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“HARRY LEWIS: There's a-the latest Facebook craze is "25 Random Things About Me," where you're supposed to put twenty-five facts about yourself and then you send it to twenty-five people and ask them to reciprocate, which is a wonderful marketing ploy for Facebook, of course, because if you don't have a Facebook account, of course, you want to sign up and get one, so that you too can share twenty-five random things about yourself.”
“Providing for others who never add to your reciprocate is the same as throwing it away.”
“Do you think that if the Palestinians (the dehumanizing ‘Fakestinian’ thing is classic racist lingo BTW) dropped the right to return that Israel would reciprocate?”
“I suspect that Hamas has learned the lesson and will find the opportunity to reciprocate.”
“Will President Obama ever reciprocate and stand up and fight for issues Rep. Kucinich advocates?”
“The new hip-hop generation should spend their money with businesses that reciprocate resources to their communities.”
“And now that animal rights are being properly recognized, what gives us the right to tell animals who they should love and who can reciprocate that love?”
“Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said he was pleased Asean-member countries could reciprocate support for Japan in its time of need.”
“I I enjoy learning what my friends are up to, even though I don't reciprocate.”
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