Meaning of “reciprocate” in the English Dictionary

"reciprocate" in English

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uk /rɪˈsɪp.rə.keɪt/ us /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.

specialized engineering If a part of a machine reciprocates, it moves backwards and forwards:

Some electric razors have reciprocating heads.
noun [ U ] uk /rɪˌsɪp.rəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /rɪˌsɪp.rəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “reciprocate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reciprocate" in American English

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reciprocateverb [ I/T ]

us /rɪˈsɪp·rəˌkeɪt/ fml

to do something for someone because the person has done something similar for you:

[ I ] We gave them information, but they didn’t reciprocate.
[ T ] Hemingway loved Stein and she reciprocated his love.

(Definition of “reciprocate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)