[ rek-uhn-sahyl ]
/ ˈrɛk ənˌsaɪl /
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verb (used with object), rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing.

verb (used without object), rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing.

to become reconciled.



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Origin of reconcile

1300–50; Middle English reconcilen<Latin reconciliāre to make good again, repair. See re-, conciliate


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What does 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. 

The noun form of reconcile is reconciliation, which refers to the process of reconciling. It’s 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 reconcile come from?

The first records of the word reconcile come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin reconciliāre, meaning “to make good again” or “to repair.”

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—and, 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—how do you reconcile those two statements?

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How is 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’s often used in the discussion or two things that seem to be incompatible.



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British Dictionary definitions for reconcile

/ (ˈrɛkənˌsaɪl) /

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 (ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən), nounreconciliatory (ˌrɛkənˈsɪlɪətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for reconcile

C14: from Latin reconciliāre to bring together again, from re- + conciliāre to make friendly, conciliate
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