reciprocate Definition

  • 1respond to (a gesture or action) by making a corresponding one.
  • 2feel (an emotion) in return.

Using reciprocate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reciprocate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    If someone smiles at you, try to reciprocate the gesture.

  • Example

    She reciprocated his love for her.

  • Example

    He didn't reciprocate her feelings.

reciprocate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for reciprocate

Antonyms for reciprocate

Phrases with reciprocate

  • reciprocate a favor

    to do something for someone because they have done something similar for you before


    I'll be happy to reciprocate the favor if you ever need help.

  • reciprocate feelings

    to feel the same way about someone as they feel about you


    She was unsure if he reciprocated her feelings.

  • to smile back at someone who has smiled at you


    It's always nice to see someone reciprocate a smile.

Origins of reciprocate

from Latin 'reciprocus', meaning 'alternating'


Summary: reciprocate in Brief

The verb 'reciprocate' [rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt] means to respond to a gesture or action by making a corresponding one, or to feel an emotion in return. It can be used in phrases like 'reciprocate a favor,' 'reciprocate feelings,' and 'reciprocate a smile.' Antonyms include 'ignore,' 'disregard,' and 'reject.'