reconcile

verb
rec·​on·​cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reconcilability (audio) \ noun
reconcilable \ ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reconcilable (audio) , ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī-​ \ adjective
reconcilement \ ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce reconcilement (audio) \ noun
reconciler noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for reconcile

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

disharmonize

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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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In that instance, how does the publisher reconcile and recoup its payments to the songwriter who moved on, one publisher wonders, while worrying whether other unforeseen issue will emerge. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Spotify Says It 'Overpaid Most Publishers' Last Year, Taking CRB Discount for Family Plans," 21 June 2019 By the opera’s end, the empress has refused to steal the other woman’s shadow, the nurse has been banished, and the dyer and his wife have been reconciled. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 The two officially reconciled in 2018 but haven't spoken much about their relationship, so fans are wondering/hoping this signifies the two are going to be working together on a collaboration. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Did Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Announce a Collaboration, or Is It Just an End to Their Feud?," 12 June 2019 But the couple soon reconciled and remarried a year later. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Judge Judy Sheindlin and Her Husband Jerry Sheindlin Are Honestly the Cutest Couple Ever," 9 June 2019 Schools are beholden to budgets, which need to be reconciled by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Students are being shamed and punished over lunch debt, and it may take legislation to stop it," 13 June 2019 Those cuts were negotiated in months of work within the House and Senate, and then by negotiators reconciling the differences between different drafts approved by the two legislative bodies. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers advance compromise budget for final shutdown-averting votes," 9 June 2019 The company hopes the blockchain will be used by customers in institutional spaces for various transactions, including reconciling data and validating agreements, actions that could take seconds instead of weeks thanks to the technology. Agam Shah, WSJ, "Executive Injects Tech Into Highly Regulated Insurance Sector," 20 May 2019 Egg freezing was a temporary psychological salve, a way of reconciling my place in the world at a specific time in my life. Hannah Selinger, Glamour, "I Spent $17K Freezing Eggs—And I Regret Every Penny," 22 Apr. 2019

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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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reconcile

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reconcile

formal
: 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

verb
rec·​on·​cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsīl How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \
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.

reconcile

verb
rec·​on·​cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsīl How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reconcilability (audio) \ noun
reconcilable \ ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reconcilable (audio) \ adjective
reconcilement noun
reconciliation \ ˌre-​kən-​ˌsi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce reconciliation (audio) \ noun

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