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

Other Words from reconcile

reconcilability \ ˌre-​kən-​ˌsī-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \ noun
reconcilable \ ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reconcile (audio) , ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī-​ \ adjective
reconcilement \ ˈre-​kən-​ˌsī(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \ noun
reconciler noun

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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. businesses accommodating themselves to the new political reality 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web People can’t reconcile the Blackness with the spiritual awakening and the sexuality. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 May 2022 How to reconcile their thesis with the madness of the moment? Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 But first, society must reconcile the promise and peril – protection vs. privacy – of it. Dwight A. Weingarten, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2022 But the two sides could not reconcile their different bills, arguing over key provisions. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Eventually, Simon makes peace with his past and the two reconcile their relationship. Kelsie Gibson, PEOPLE.com, 20 Mar. 2022 The bill passed the House last week and lawmakers must now reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation before it's sent to Biden's desk to be signed into law. Katie Lobosco, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 My next column will reconcile the U.S. Supreme Court blocking OSHA’s vaccine mandate with a Los Angeles federal judge, a week earlier, upholding L.A.’s vaccine mandate for city employees. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2022 This is at least the fifth time Second City has tried to reconcile the concerns of employees of color. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for reconcile

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 reconcile (audio) \ noun
reconcilable \ ˌre-​kən-​ˈsī-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \ adjective
reconcilement noun
reconciliation \ ˌre-​kən-​ˌsi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \ noun

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