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English definition of “reciprocate”

reciprocate

verb     /rɪˈsɪp.rə.keɪt/
[I or T] formal to share the same feelings as someone else, or to behave in the same way as someone else: Sadly, my feelings for him were not reciprocated. We invited them to dinner and a week later they reciprocated.Reciprocating specialized engineering If a part of a machine reciprocates, it moves backwards and forwards: Some electric razors have reciprocating heads.Shaking, swinging and vibrating reciprocation     /rɪˌsɪp.rəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U]
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