Respond vs Reciprocate - What's the difference?

respond | reciprocate |

As verbs the difference between respond and reciprocate

is that respond is (intransitive) to say something in return; to answer; to reply while reciprocate is to mutually give and take something; to interchange.

As a noun respond

is a response.




(en verb)
  • (intransitive) To say something in return; to answer; to reply.
  • to respond to a question or an argument
  • To act in return; to exhibit some action or effect in return to a force or stimulus; to do something in response; to accord.
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  • (ambitransitive) To correspond with; to suit.
  • * Fairfax
  • For his great deeds respond his speeches great.
  • To satisfy; to answer.
  • The prisoner was held to respond the judgment of the court.

    Derived terms

    * responder * responsive


    (en noun)
  • A response.
  • A versicle or short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.
  • (architecture) A half-pillar, pilaster, or any corresponding device engaged in a wall to receive the impost of an arch.
  • See also

    * react


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  • To mutually give and take something; to interchange.
  • To give something in response.
  • To move backwards and forwards, like a piston.
  • * Dryden
  • One brawny smith the puffing bellows plies, / And draws and blows reciprocating air.
  • To counter, retort or retaliate.