Definition of reconcile
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
4a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracyb : to account for
: to become reconciled
reconcilabilityplay \ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
reconcilableplay \ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl, ˈre-kən-ˌ\ adjective
reconcilementplay \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
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Examples of reconcile in a Sentence
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
He thought they might reconcile the Parisians to his daring design by reminding them of the familiar arches of their bridges. —Mario Salvadori, Why Buildings Stand Up, 1990
By exposing the comic-pathetic quality of the human condition, it temporarily reconciles us to that condition without creating in us complacence, lethargy, or any negative emotion. —Clifton Fadiman, Center Magazine, January-February 1971
It is a function of architecture to reconcile technology with human cussedness, to make the mechanics of life endurable … —Russell Lynes, Harper's, October 1968
It can be difficult to reconcile your ideals with reality.
historians have never been able to reconcile the two eyewitness accounts of the battle
Recent Examples of reconcile from the Web
The Senate and House are suposed to reconcile their different approaches by Thursday, when the regular session concludes.
The ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals ostensibly ended a decade of legal wrangling to reconcile Daryl Wagner's dream home with policies that environmentalists said should have restricted its construction.
That money was appropriated on an amendment introduced by school board member Joseph Hau last spring as the board was reconciling the budget.
Although this is a poignant epithet, particularly because the men fought for years and only reconciled in old age, Jefferson had, in fact, predeceased him by five full hours.
On trade, technical negotiations had stretched until 3 a.m. in Taormina on Saturday to try to reconcile Trump’s approach with the others’ commitment to open markets.
That tally could change as U.N. officials update their records and reconcile data from old files.
A flesh-and-blood Diana makes the willful cruelty of Howard’s actions, and complaints about her, only even more acute and harder to reconcile.
Williams is Rahne Sinclair, aka Wolfsbane, a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.
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Origin and Etymology of reconcile
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reconciler, from Latin reconciliare, from re- + conciliare to conciliate
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of reconcile
RECONCILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reconcile for English Language Learners
: 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
RECONCILE Defined for Kids
Definition of reconcile for Students
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.
Legal Definition of reconcile
1 a : to restore to harmony reconciled the parties reconciled the marriage b : to bring to resolution reconcile differences
2a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy b : to account for
: to become reconciled; specifically : to voluntarily resume cohabitation as spouses prior to a divorce becoming final with the mutual intention of remaining together and reestablishing a harmonious relationship denied the complaint for divorce because the parties had reconciled
reconcilability\ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun
reconcilable\ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl\ play adjective
reconciliation\ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ play noun
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