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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Lincoln hoped ultimately to reconcile Southerners to the Union and thus made a critical decision to treat Confederates as legitimate belligerents rather than traitors. Drew Gilpin Faust, WSJ, "‘The War for the Common Soldier’ and ‘The Calculus of Violence’ Review: Billy Yank and Johnny Reb," 7 Dec. 2018 The two recently reconciled and even made a couple of videos together for Josh's YouTube channel. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "We've Been Singing The "Drake and Josh" Theme Song Wrong All These Years," 20 Sep. 2018 Congress still has to pass a final bill The House and the Senate have passed different versions of the Cfius legislation, which means both chambers will need to reconcile their bills and send a version back to their members for a final vote. New York Times, "What Would an Expanded Foreign Investment Committee Do?," 27 June 2018 Thompson has reconciled with Khloé and reunited with his daughter, True. Morgan Baila,, "Is It Just Me, Or Are The Kardashians Really Quiet Right Now?," 25 June 2018 China’s government reconciled with him and received him publicly twice since the summit announcement. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality TV Show," 24 May 2018 The exchanges came less than two years after the countries reconciled and exchanged ambassadors after six years of animosity. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence," 17 May 2018 Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, shot down reports that the Duchess of Sussex is planning to reconcile with Thomas Markle following a string of interviews where the estranged father slammed Meghan and the royal family for ignoring him. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's half-sister says 'no meeting planned' between Duchess and Thomas Markle despite reports," 2 Oct. 2018 But the scientific implications of a ballooning planet are outrageous to consider, and hard just to reconcile with the basic laws of physics. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 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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