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/ 藞r蓻k 蓹n藢sa瑟l /
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to become reconciled.
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Origin of reconcile

1300鈥50; Middle English reconcilen<Latin reconcili膩re to make good again, repair. See re-, conciliate


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What does聽reconcile mean?

Reconcile means to make amends, come to a truce, or settle a dispute.

Reconcile can also mean to make things compatible or consistent with each other. This sense of the word is especially used when discussing two things that cannot be reconciled, such as two contrasting beliefs.

Another sense of the word means to cause to accept a negative situation or become resigned to it, as in I am reconciled to my fate of never being able to afford my dream house.聽

The noun form of reconcile is reconciliation, which refers to the process of reconciling. It鈥檚 also the name of a Catholic sacrament involving the confession of sin.

Example: After years of not speaking to each other, the two finally sat down and reconciled.

Where does聽reconcile come from?

The first records of the word reconcile come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin reconcili膩re, meaning 鈥渢o make good again鈥 or 鈥渢o repair.鈥

To reconcile with someone is to repair a relationship that had been broken. It can happen between two people, such as former friends who had a falling-out. Or it can happen between groups, such as warring factions in a country. Reconciling is usually thought to create more than just a truce. When true reconciliation occurs, the two formerly hostile sides become respectful of each other鈥攁nd, ideally, friends.

When you reconcile two things, you make them consistent. You can reconcile the numbers with a total amount. This sense of the word is often used in questions about how two seemingly contrasting things can be compatible, such as You said you support the plan but that it might not be the best choice鈥攈ow do you reconcile those two statements?

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How is聽reconcile used in real life?

When it refers to making amends, reconcile is typically used in the context of two parties that have a serious, longstanding dispute. When it refers to making two things consistent, it鈥檚 often used in the discussion or two things that seem to be incompatible.



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Reconcile means the same thing as apologize.

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British Dictionary definitions for reconcile

/ (藞r蓻k蓹n藢sa瑟l) /

verb (tr)
(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)

Derived forms of reconcile

reconcilement, nounreconciler, nounreconciliation (藢r蓻k蓹n藢s瑟l瑟藞e瑟蕛蓹n), nounreconciliatory (藢r蓻k蓹n藞s瑟l瑟蓹t蓹r瑟, -tr瑟), adjective

Word Origin for reconcile

C14: from Latin reconcili膩re to bring together again, from re- + concili膩re to make friendly, conciliate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012