AskDefine | Define reciprocate

Dictionary Definition



1 act, feel, or give mutually or in return; "We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!"
2 alternate the direction of motion of; "the engine reciprocates the propeller"

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  1. To mutually give and take something; to interchange.
  2. To give something in response.
  3. To move backwards and forwards, like a piston.
  4. To counter, retort or retaliate.


To mutually give and take something; to interchange
To give something in response
To move backwards and forwards, like a piston
To counter, retort or retaliate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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