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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reciprocate mean? 

  The verb RECIPROCATE has 2 senses:

1. act, feel, or give mutually or in return
2. alternate the direction of motion of

  Familiarity information: RECIPROCATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1reciprocate [BACK TO TOP]


Act, feel, or give mutually or in return

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!

Hypernyms (to "reciprocate" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reciprocate"):

return (return in kind)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sense 2reciprocate [BACK TO TOP]


Alternate the direction of motion of

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

the engine reciprocates the propeller

Hypernyms (to "reciprocate" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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