rec·on·cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l \
reconciled; reconciling

Definition of reconcile 

transitive verb

1a : 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

4a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy

b : to account for

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Other words from reconcile

reconcilability \ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
reconcilable \ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl, ˈre-kən-ˌsī- \ adjective
reconcilement \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l-mənt \ noun
reconciler noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for reconcile


accommodate, attune, conciliate, conform, coordinate, harmonize, key



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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

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
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The two versions must now be reconciled by a conference committee before going to President Trump for his signature. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Senate rejects Trump’s plan to lift ZTE export ban," 19 June 2018 The House has already passed legislation that would repeal larger chunks of Dodd-Frank, so proponents’ biggest remaining challenge may be to reconcile the House and Senate versions. Erica Werner And Damian Paletta, idahostatesman, "10 years after the Great Recession, Idaho’s Crapo helps roll back banking rules | Idaho Statesman," 5 Mar. 2018 Colbert followed up by asking what the process would be to reconcile these allegations and what Franco believes to be false. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Stephen Colbert Made James Franco Face His Sexual Misconduct Accusations," 10 Jan. 2018 Marketers sometimes can manually audit digital ad campaigns, but proponents of blockchain say the technology offers a faster, more reliable way to track spending and reconcile discrepancies with suppliers. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Big Advertisers Embrace Blockchain to Root Out Digital Spending Waste," 12 July 2018 The new hair analysis and consultation services help reconcile just that. Noel Cymone Walker, Allure, "Why Wig and Extension Brands Are Turning Their Focus to Hair-Care Analysis," 27 June 2018 There seems to be no easy way to design algorithms that would reconcile moral values and personal self-interest. Betsy Morais, Longreads, "The Menace and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles," 13 June 2018 The two, who were friends, reconciled a month later at the CMA Awards. Rob Tannenbaum, Billboard, "Luke Bryan on Tragedy, Triumph and Why He May Never Write Another 'Hunting and Fishing' Song," 5 June 2018 The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story. Lynette Rice,, "Morgan Freeman hits back at CNN, demands retraction of harassment allegations," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of reconcile

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for reconcile

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reconciler, from Latin reconciliare, from re- + conciliare to conciliate

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English Language Learners Definition of reconcile

: 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·cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsīl \
reconciled; reconciling

Kids Definition of reconcile

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.


rec·on·cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsīl \
reconciled; reconciling

Legal Definition of reconcile 

transitive verb

1a : 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

intransitive verb

: 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

Other words from reconcile

reconcilability \ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
reconcilable \ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl \ adjective
reconcilement noun
reconciliation \ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən \ noun

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