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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But along with the cloak-and-dagger action, Fox writes movingly of trying to reconcile a career in espionage with family life. Mary Louise Kelly, Washington Post, "A look inside the CIA that the agency isn’t ready for you to see," 11 Sep. 2019 As fires rage across Brazil’s [hotlink ignore=true]Amazon[/hotlink] rainforest, how can the desire to develop land for poor farmers be reconciled with the urgent need to protect the environment for everyone? Robert Horn, Fortune, "5 Actions That Could Help End the Amazon Rainforest Fires," 5 Sep. 2019 One night last week, Margaret and Ted Werstler sat on their back porch in West Chester, watching a thunderstorm roll in and trying to reconcile the questions that lingered over the death of their only child. Aubrey Whelan, https://www.inquirer.com, "Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.," 6 June 2019 During this period, people would stand under mistletoe trying to reconcile after an argument. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "Here's How Kissing Under the Mistletoe Became a Christmas Tradition," 29 Nov. 2018 Philadelphia has long tried to reconcile the complicated legacy of Rizzo, who served as mayor from 1972 to 1980 and died in 1991. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Auction of mayor’s stuff will get a surprise sequel," 26 Nov. 2018 Family and friends of Shanann Watts are left searching for answers, trying to reconcile Watts' cheery Facebook posts about her daughters, her pregnancy and her love for her husband with the pending charges. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Colorado girls' bodies were submerged in crude oil 4 days," 18 Aug. 2018 The most successful try to reconcile their idealism with the need to pay the bills. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 In the coming weeks, lawmakers will try to reconcile the Senate bill with a defense bill passed by the House in May that doesn’t contain the same ZTE provision. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Trump to Pressure GOP Senators Not to Sanction China's ZTE," 19 June 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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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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