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reciprocate

verb uk   /rɪˈsɪp.rə.keɪt/ us  
[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.
reciprocation
noun [U] uk   /rɪˌsɪp.rəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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