Adam gave Leslie a ride to work when her car was getting repaired, so she wanted to reciprocate by giving him a gift.
Watching a friend’s pet after they watched your pet is an example of reciprocate.
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to give and get, do, feel, etc. reciprocally; interchange
- to give, do, feel, etc. in return; return in kind or degree
- to cause to move alternately back and forth
Origin of reciprocatefrom Classical Latin reciprocatus, past participle of reciprocare from reciprocus: see reciprocal
- to make some sort of return for something done, given, etc.
- to move alternately back and forth; interchange position
- Archaic to be correspondent or equivalent
verbre·cip·ro·cat·ed, re·cip·ro·cat·ing, re·cip·ro·cates
- To give or take mutually; interchange: The friends reciprocated favors.
- To show, feel, or give in response or return: They opened their hearts to her, and she reciprocated their affection.
- To give and take something mutually.
- To make a return for something given or done.
- To move back and forth alternately: a power saw that reciprocates.
Origin of reciprocateLatin reciprocāre reciprocāt- to move back and forth from reciprocus alternating ; see reciprocal .
(third-person singular simple present reciprocates, present participle reciprocating, simple past and past participle reciprocated)
From Latin reciprocÄtus, past participle of reciprocÄre (“to move back and forth").