American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reestablish a close relationship between.
- v. To settle or resolve.
- v. To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management.
- v. To make compatible or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours. See Synonyms at adapt.
- v. To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
- v. To become compatible or consistent: The figures would not reconcile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To conciliate anew; restore to union and friendship after estrangement or variance; bring again to friendly or favorable feelings.
- To adjust; pacify; settle: as, to reconcile differences or quarrels.
- To bring to acquiescence, content, or quiet submission: with to.
- To make consistent or congruous; bring to agreement or suitableness: often followed by with or to.
- To rid of apparent discrepancies; harmonize: as, to reconcile the accounts of a fact given by two historians: often with with or to.
- Eccles., to restore to sacred uses after desecration, or to unity with the church, by a prescribed ceremonial: as, to reconcile a church or a cemetery which has been profaned, as by murder; to reconcile a penitent (that is, to restore to communion one who has lapsed, as into heresy or schism).
- To recover; regain.
- In ship-building, to join (a piece of work) fair with another. The term refers particularly to the reversion of curves. Synonyms Reconcile, Conciliate, pacify, appease. Reconcile may apply to one or both parties to a quarrel; conciliate to only one. With either word, if only one side is meant, the person or persons seem to be rather in a position of superiority.
- To become reconciled.
- v. To recreate friendly relationships.
- v. To make things compatible or consistent.
- v. To make the net difference in credits and debits of a financial account agree with the balance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to be friendly again; to conciliate anew; to restore to friendship; to bring back to harmony; to cause to be no longer at variance.
- v. To bring to acquiescence, content, or quiet submission.
- v. To make consistent or congruous; to bring to agreement or suitableness; -- followed by
- v. To adjust; to settle.
- v. obsolete To become reconciled.
- v. accept as inevitable
- v. bring into consonance or accord
- v. come to terms
- v. make (one thing) compatible with (another)
- From Latin reconciliō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reconcilen, from Old French reconcilier, from Latin reconciliāre : re-, re- + conciliāre, to conciliate; see conciliate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How can Palin reconcile giving money to someone who would want HER to get out of politics and go be a good little stay at home wife for Todd?”
“The most difficult thing for me to reconcile is the statement on your masthead proclaiming your paper free of influence from the left or the right.”
“How, in short, reconcile what the progress already accomplished has had the effect of rendering irreconcilable?”
“In dismissing the idea of a "truth and reconciliation commission," Obama also recognizes that the Republicans would show no remorse for the Bush administration's actions; that they would insist that there is nothing to "reconcile" -; and that they would stay on the attack, pummeling the Democrats as weak, overly sympathetic to terrorists, and endangering national security.”
“reconcile" is reciprocally used as in the Hebrew Hithpahel conjugation, appease, obtain the favor of.”
“The one on this list that I can’t reconcile is The Wrestler.”
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“It's also worth mentioning the scene where they reconcile, which is again touchingly scripted and very well acted.”
“The only thing I need to reconcile is to wear my glasses when I write.”
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