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[rek-uh n-sahyl] /ˈrɛk ənˌsaɪl/
verb (used with object), reconciled, reconciling.
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.
verb (used without object), reconciled, reconciling.
to become reconciled.
Origin of reconcile
1300-50; Middle English reconcilen < Latin reconciliāre to make good again, repair. See re-, conciliate
Related forms
reconcilement, noun
reconciler, noun
reconcilingly, adverb
prereconcile, verb (used with object), prereconciled, prereconciling.
prereconcilement, noun
quasi-reconciled, adjective
unreconciled, adjective
unreconciling, adjective
2. pacify, propitiate, placate. 4. harmonize.
3. anger. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for reconciles
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  • If a quarrel arises between two of them, they go to him; if two friends fall out, it is he who reconciles them.

    Cuore (Heart) Edmondo De Amicis
  • Seeing this, is the only thing which reconciles me to parting with her.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Slaveholders know full well that familiarity with slavery produces indifference to its cruelties and reconciles the mind to them.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society
  • It reconciles and solves and resolves mental discords, like music.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • "You are the only thing that reconciles me to it, Alice," he retorted sourly.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • It is amazing, of course, but it reconciles a number of amazing difficulties.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • Time, which reconciles us to every change, will teach me resignation to the Divine will.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • "An illusive hope that reconciles us with to-day," answered the plaisant.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • He's a young man of grand appearance; and that reconciles the women to a lot of disadvantages.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • Thus he reconciles me to the harmony of the universe, and makes all things easy and agreeable.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for reconciles


verb (transitive)
(often passive) usually foll by to. to make (oneself or another) no longer opposed; cause to acquiesce in something unpleasant: she 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)
Derived Forms
reconcilement, noun
reconciler, noun
reconciliation (ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən) noun
reconciliatory (ˌrɛkənˈsɪlɪətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reconciliāre to bring together again, from re- + conciliāre to make friendly, conciliate
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Word Origin and History for reconciles



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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