Definition of reconcile
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 accuracyb : to account for
: to become reconciled
reconcilabilityplay \ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
reconcilableplay \ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl, ˈre-kən-ˌ\ adjective
reconcilementplay \ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
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>
Did You Know?
Adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, and reconcile all mean to bring one thing into agreement with another. Adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances ("they adapted to the warmer climate"). Adjust suggests bringing something into a close and exact correspondence or harmony ("we adjusted the budget to allow for inflation"). Accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to form an agreement ("he accommodated his political beliefs in order to win"). Conform suggests coming into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle ("she refused to conform to society's values"). Reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible ("I tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew").
Origin and Etymology of reconcile
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reconciler, from Latin reconciliare, from re- + conciliare to conciliate
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of reconcile
RECONCILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reconcile for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of reconcile for Students
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.
Legal Definition of reconcile
1 a : 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
: 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
reconcilability\ˌre-kən-ˌsī-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun
reconcilable\ˌre-kən-ˈsī-lə-bəl\ play adjective
reconciliation\ˌre-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən\ play noun
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