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reconcile

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

rec·on·ciledrec·on·cil·ing

Full Definition of RECONCILE

transitive verb
1
a :  to restore to friendship or harmony <reconciled the factions>
b :  settle, resolve <reconcile differences>
2
:  to make consistent or congruous <reconcile an ideal with reality>
3
:  to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant <was reconciled to hardship>
4
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
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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

Origin of RECONCILE

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>.
RECONCILING Defined for Kids

reconcile

verb rec·on·cile \ˈre-kən-ˌsīl\
rec·on·ciledrec·on·cil·ing

Definition of RECONCILE for Kids

1
:  to make friendly again <She helped to reconcile friends who had been quarreling.>
2
:  to settle by agreement :  adjust <You'll have to reconcile your differences.>
3
:  to make agree <His story cannot be reconciled with the facts.>
4
:  to cause to give in or accept <I reconciled myself to the loss.>

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