reconcile

verb
rec·​on·​cile | \ ˈre-kən-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce reconcile (audio) \
reconciled; reconciling

Essential Meaning of reconcile

formal
1 : to find a way of making (two different ideas, facts, etc.) exist or be true at the same time I'm afraid her story cannot be reconciled with the proven facts. [=her story must be false because it does not agree with the proven facts] You'll need to reconcile [=settle] your differences with her. It can be difficult to reconcile your ideals with reality.
2 : to cause people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement His attempt to reconcile his friends (with each other) was unsuccessful. We will never reconcile. After many years, they finally reconciled (with each other).

Full 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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web LinkedIn and Microsoft understand this challenge very well and are trying their best to reconcile both. Forrester, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left millions of Americans trying to reconcile the human cost behind this public health crisis. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 There is no church in Perry, no chapel where a grieving father could slip into a pew and pray while trying to reconcile the past while contemplating the future. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 The present-day Gloria cares for children in a group home while trying to reconcile with her adult son David. NBC News, 21 June 2021 What inspired the team to use this project to focus on themes of balance and restoration and our own human desire to reconcile our mistakes? Joshua Khan, Wired, 11 Oct. 2021 It’s not unusual for interview subjects to have conflicting accounts — maybe both observations have elements of truth — but Carr doesn’t try to reconcile this disconnect or ask the kind of questions that might unravel things a bit more. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Unless Biden can reconcile his party's competing priorities, his presidency will continue to unravel. Joel Kotkin, National Review, 28 Sep. 2021 Lofgren is trying again this year with a new version of the legislation called the Eagle Act, which attempts to reconcile last year’s differences with the Senate. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021

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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
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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