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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.
  • We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!
  • She was also in full-on flirt mode with Michael, who seemed more than happy to reciprocate.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • reciprocate = give in return
  • 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
  • "Or maybe you want to point out everyone else's imperfections so you stay the Queen of Perfect."
    That's not fair. I don't want to point out her flaws, but if I see her going on a self-destructive path, isn't it up to me as her friend to stop her? Maybe not. ... The only one I let close enough is Sierra. How dare I give Darlene advice when she can't reciprocate?
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • reciprocate = give in return
  • 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
  • the engine reciprocates the propeller
  • 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
  • In what manners did she reciprocate?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • 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
  • And affection, when reciprocated, gives rights.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • For a long time, for long months, Siddhartha waited for his son to understand him, to accept his love, to perhaps reciprocate it.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Jared had told her about a new level of reciprocation encouraged among the CE staff.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • MOS: 'tis true, By my device, drawn to it by my plot, With hope— VOLT: Your patron should reciprocate?
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • I tried to reciprocate, even though I suddenly felt uneasy, remembering that night I'd seen him in this same place with Roscoe.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Yet she was a woman of the people, a worker: otherwise—let me reciprocate your bluntness—I should have scorned her.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • In the driveway there are hugs and kisses good-bye, initiated by Maxine, his parents reciprocating clumsily.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake

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