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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Both attempt to reconcile their desires with their newfound freedom — and the vulnerability that comes with it. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Rising Star,’ ‘Mrs. Fletcher’," 8 June 2018 For the two to be reconciled, Mr Denham believes, England must be given a parliament to match those in Britain’s peripheries. The Economist, "English or British? Football highlights an enduring identity crisis," 12 July 2018 Differences between House and Senate bills would also have to be reconciled by actual conference committees rather than in informal talks at the leadership level. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Can the House Speakership Be Saved? These Lawmakers Have an Idea," 16 June 2018 The newest version of ADUFA isn’t final yet; versions that separately passed the House and Senate will have to be reconciled and then voted on again. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "To Understand Antibiotic Abuse We Need Data From Farms," 11 June 2018 The Senate bill will now have to be reconciled with the House version, unless House Republican leaders agree to accept the Senate proposal without changes. Nicole Gaudiano And Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Senate passes bill to revamp sexual harassment policies in wake of #MeToo movement," 24 May 2018 The House and Senate bills differ in a dozen or so small ways, which will need to be reconciled. Sarah D. Wire,, "Senate leaders reach bipartisan deal for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill," 23 May 2018 The bill now goes to the full House, and ultimately will need to be reconciled with a parallel bill in the Senate. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "That NASA climate science program Trump axed? House lawmakers just moved to restore it," 17 May 2018 Any legislation that passes the House would have to be reconciled with the Senate version. Alan Bjerga,, "Farm Bill Is Likely to Set Off a Welfare Fight in Congress," 12 Apr. 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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