verb rec·on·cile \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l\

: to find a way of making (two different ideas, facts, etc.) exist or be true at the same time

: to cause people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement


Full Definition of RECONCILE

transitive verb
a :  to restore to friendship or harmony <reconciled the factions>
b :  settle, resolve <reconcile differences>
:  to make consistent or congruous <reconcile an ideal with reality>
:  to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant <was reconciled to hardship>
a :  to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy
b :  to account for
intransitive verb
:  to become reconciled
rec·on·cil·abil·i·ty \ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
rec·on·cil·able \ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl, ˈre-kən-ˌ\ adjective
rec·on·cile·ment \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
rec·on·cil·er noun

Examples of RECONCILE

  1. It can be difficult to reconcile your ideals with reality.
  2. <historians have never been able to reconcile the two eyewitness accounts of the battle>
  3. She and Eddie had separated and reconciled so many times the children had lost track of whose clothes were where. —John Grisham, The Chamber, 1995


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reconciler, from Latin reconciliare, from re- + conciliare to conciliate
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of RECONCILE

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances <adapted themselves to the warmer climate>. adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism <adjusted the budget to allow for inflation>. accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence <accommodated his political beliefs in order to win>. conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle <refused to conform to society's values>. reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible <tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew>.
RECONCILE Defined for Kids


verb rec·on·cile \ˈre-kən-ˌsīl\

Definition of RECONCILE for Kids

:  to make friendly again <She helped to reconcile friends who had been quarreling.>
:  to settle by agreement :  adjust <You'll have to reconcile your differences.>
:  to make agree <His story cannot be reconciled with the facts.>
:  to cause to give in or accept <I reconciled myself to the loss.>


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