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verb [intransitive/transitive] formal reciprocate pronunciation in British English /rɪˈsɪprəkeɪt/
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present tense
present participlereciprocating
past tensereciprocated
past participlereciprocated
  1. 1
    to have the same feelings towards someone that they have for you
    She has feelings for him that he can’t reciprocate.
  2. 2
    to do the same thing for someone that they have done for you
    I would like to reciprocate your fine hospitality.

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 reciprocate pronunciation in British English /rɪˌsɪprəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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