- to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired: He was reconciled to his fate.
- to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable: to reconcile hostile persons.
- to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).
- to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent: to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.
- to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.).
- to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.
- to become reconciled.
Origin of reconcile
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Examples from the Web for reconcile
America presents two contradictory narratives that it struggles to reconcile.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Reconcile is a rapper from Houston, a city with a rich hip-hop legacy.
But Reconcile is from a slightly different arm of Houston hip-hop—more focused on spiritual triumph over the trap.
Efforts to reconcile these differences have been delayed and the issue remains disputed.‘Practically Speaking, Iraq Has Broken Apart’
June 16, 2014
First Lady Mellie (Bellamy Young) and Fitz reconcile—because of the whole rape thing—and we learn the son is actually his.The Explosive ‘Scandal’ Finale Was Its Best Episode Yet
April 18, 2014
You can do more than any body to reconcile my parents and uncles to me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Concessions were made, but they failed to reconcile the opposition.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
All this I heard in my prison, and it served to reconcile me to the confinement.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
And if I find this, I shall not know how to reconcile it with your delicacy in other respects.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Their friends had all the trouble in the world to reconcile them.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- (often passive usually foll by to) to make (oneself or another) no longer opposed; cause to acquiesce in something unpleasantshe reconciled herself to poverty
- to become friendly with (someone) after estrangement or to re-establish friendly relations between (two or more people)
- to settle (a quarrel or difference)
- to make (two apparently conflicting things) compatible or consistent with each other
- to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, etc)
Word Origin and History for reconcile
mid-14c., of persons, from Old French reconcilier (12c.) and directly from Latin reconcilare "to bring together again; regain; win over again, conciliate," from re- "again" (see re-) + concilare "make friendly" (see conciliate). Reflexive sense is recorded from 1530s. Meaning "to make (discordant facts or statements) consistent" is from late 14c. Intransitive sense of "become reconciled" is from 1660s. Related: Reconciled; reconciling.