from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reestablish a close relationship between.
  • transitive v. To settle or resolve.
  • transitive v. To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management.
  • transitive v. To make compatible or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours. See Synonyms at adapt.
  • intransitive v. To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
  • intransitive v. To become compatible or consistent: The figures would not reconcile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become reconciled.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To bring to acquiescence, content, or quiet submission.
  • transitive v. To make consistent or congruous; to bring to agreement or suitableness; -- followed by with or to.
  • transitive v. To adjust; to settle.

from The 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.
  • To become reconciled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. accept as inevitable
  • v. bring into consonance or accord
  • v. come to terms
  • v. make (one thing) compatible with (another)


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)
From Latin reconciliō. (Wiktionary)



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