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reciprocateverb

uk   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 ​weeklater they reciprocated. specialized engineering If a ​part of a ​machine reciprocates, it ​movesbackwards and ​forwards: Some ​electricrazors have reciprocating ​heads.
reciprocation
noun [U] uk   us   /rɪˌsɪp.rəˈkeɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of reciprocate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
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