Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To reestablish a close relationship between.
  • intransitive verb To settle or resolve.
  • intransitive verb To bring (oneself) to accept.
  • intransitive verb To make compatible, harmonious, or consistent.
  • intransitive verb To compare (one financial account) so that it is consistent or compatible with another.
  • intransitive verb To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage.
  • intransitive verb To become compatible, harmonious, or consistent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To recreate friendly relationships.
  • verb To make things compatible or consistent.
  • verb To make the net difference in credits and debits of a financial account agree with the balance.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English reconcilen, from Old French reconcilier, from Latin reconciliāre : re-, re- + conciliāre, to conciliate; see conciliate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin reconciliō.

Examples

  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • How, in short, reconcile what the progress already accomplished has had the effect of rendering irreconcilable?

    System of Economical Contradictions: or, the Philosophy of Misery

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Democrats' 'Battered Wife Syndrome'

  • "reconcile" is reciprocally used as in the Hebrew Hithpahel conjugation, appease, obtain the favor of.

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  • One thing I’ve been trying to reconcile is how to equate “this” with “that”.

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  • One thing I’ve been trying to reconcile is how to equate “this” with “that”.

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  • The one on this list that I can’t reconcile is The Wrestler.

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  • I think within the ECB's framework, you can reconcile the code words and the long-term strategy. "

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Comments

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  • ...need to reconcile difference in size between plus and 20...

    October 30, 2007

  • verb: make (one thing) compatible with (another)

    Peggy was unable to reconcile her kind friend Jane with the cruel and merciless character Jane played on television.

    October 19, 2016