[ kuh n-sil-ee-eyt ]
/ kənˈsɪl iˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing.

to overcome the distrust or hostility of; placate; win over: to conciliate an angry competitor.
to win or gain (goodwill, regard, or favor).
to make compatible; reconcile.

verb (used without object), con·cil·i·at·ed, con·cil·i·at·ing.

to become agreeable or reconciled: Efforts to conciliate in the dispute proved fruitless.

Nearby words

  1. conchology,
  2. conchos,
  3. conchy,
  4. concierge,
  5. conciliar,
  6. conciliation,
  7. conciliator,
  8. conciliatory,
  9. concinnate,
  10. concinnity

Origin of conciliate

1540–50; < Latin conciliātus (past participle of conciliāre to bring together, unite, equivalent to concili(um) council + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See appease. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conciliation


/ (kənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən) /


the act or process of conciliating
a method of helping the parties in a dispute to reach agreement, esp divorcing or separating couples to part amicably


/ (kənˈsɪlɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to overcome the hostility of; placate; win over
to win or gain (favour, regard, etc), esp by making friendly overtures
archaic to make compatible; reconcile
Derived Formsconciliable, adjectiveconciliator, noun

Word Origin for conciliate

C16: from Latin conciliāre to bring together, from concilium council

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Word Origin and History for conciliation
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