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How does the verb reconcile contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of reconcile are accommodate, adapt, adjust, and conform. While all these words mean "to bring one thing into correspondence with another," 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

When might accommodate be a better fit than reconcile?

The words accommodate and reconcile can be used in similar contexts, but accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence.

accommodated his political beliefs in order to win

When could adapt be used to replace reconcile?

Although the words adapt and reconcile have much in common, adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances.

adapted themselves to the warmer climate

When can adjust be used instead of reconcile?

While in some cases nearly identical to reconcile, 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

In what contexts can conform take the place of reconcile?

While the synonyms conform and reconcile are close in meaning, conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle.

refused to conform to society's values


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Cite this Entry

“Reconcile.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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