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Definition to give in return — such as invitations, gifts, actions, or feelings

Much more rarely, reciprocate can refer to alternating the direction of something as in a reciprocating saw.
  • She was attracted to him, and he seemed to reciprocate.
reciprocate = return the feeling
  • We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!
  • reciprocate = give (an invitation) in return
  • She couldn't reciprocate his feelings after he professed his love for her.
  • reciprocate = return
  • She was also in full-on flirt mode with Michael, who seemed more than happy to reciprocate.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • reciprocate = do the same in response
  • He was the one person Garrett shared a real understanding with, a feeling reciprocated by the old man.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • reciprocated = returned
  • That's also why we rarely say thank you, manana, because we believe a Pashtun will never forget a good deed and is bound to reciprocate at some point, just as he will a bad one.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • reciprocate = give in return
  • Her feeling was evidently reciprocated; the very back of the man, as he walked along before them, was hostile, sullenly contemptuous.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • reciprocated = returned
  • How dare I give Darlene advice when she can't reciprocate?
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • reciprocate = give in return
  • He quite understood and reciprocated my good intentions, as I had reason to know thereafter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • reciprocated = returned
  • She deemed it her crime most to be repented of, that she had ever endured and reciprocated the lukewarm grasp of his hand, and had suffered the smile of her lips and eyes to mingle and melt into his own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • reciprocated = given (a hand to hold) in return
  • He would have recoiled still more had he been aware that her attachment rose unsolicited, and was bestowed where it awakened no reciprocation of sentiment; for the minute he discovered its existence he laid the blame on Heathcliff's deliberate designing.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • reciprocation = return
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She's talking in his head. That trick that still freaks him out and he still can't reciprocate.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • reciprocate = do the same in return
  • Surely the Mary Ann Wilson I have mentioned was inferior to my first acquaintance: she could only tell me amusing stories, and reciprocate any racy and pungent gossip I chose to indulge in; while, if I have spoken truth of Helen, she was qualified to give those who enjoyed the privilege of her converse a taste of far higher things.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • reciprocate = participate in (going back and forth)
  • Tell me that she does not reciprocate your love.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Monster Men
  • And she reciprocates my sentiments.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No
  • Twemlow ought to know the dear friend Podsnap who covered him with so much confusion, and he says he does know him, and Podsnap reciprocates.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • He knew that she had intended this move as invitation, but he had not reciprocated.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I feel her body soften just slightly against mine, but she doesn't move her arms or reciprocate.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It's not just the recollection of what Rob said and how Cedric failed to reciprocate that eats at him.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He was extremely cordial and reciprocated these sentiments.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom

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