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[ rek-uhn-sahyl ]

verb (used with object)

, rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing.
  1. to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired:

    He was reconciled to his fate.

  2. to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable:

    to reconcile hostile persons.

    Synonyms: placate, propitiate, pacify

  3. to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).

    Antonyms: anger

  4. to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent:

    to reconcile differing statements;

    to reconcile accounts.

    Synonyms: harmonize

  5. to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.).
  6. to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.

verb (used without object)

, rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing.
  1. to become reconciled.


/ ˈrɛkənˌsaɪl; -trɪ; ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən; ˌrɛkənˈsɪlɪətərɪ /


  1. often passiveusually foll byto to make (oneself or another) no longer opposed; cause to acquiesce in something unpleasant

    she reconciled herself to poverty

  2. to become friendly with (someone) after estrangement or to re-establish friendly relations between (two or more people)
  3. to settle (a quarrel or difference)
  4. to make (two apparently conflicting things) compatible or consistent with each other
  5. to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, etc)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈreconˌciler, noun
  • reconciliatory, adjective
  • ˈreconˌcilement, noun
  • reconciliation, noun

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Other Words From

  • recon·cilement noun
  • recon·ciler noun
  • recon·ciling·ly adverb
  • pre·recon·cile verb (used with object) prereconciled prereconciling
  • pre·recon·cilement noun
  • quasi-recon·ciled adjective
  • un·recon·ciled adjective
  • un·recon·ciling adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reconcile1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English reconcilen, from Latin reconciliāre “to make good again, repair,” equivalent to re- re- + conciliāre “to bring together” ( conciliate )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reconcile1

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

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Example Sentences

Obama, whose policies were more moderate than his lofty campaign rhetoric, sought to reassure the establishment and reconcile with the Clinton wing.

Lenders also can request access to real-time API data feeds to view performance of their borrowers and reconcile transaction data.

It’s a process that has been around since the 1970s and was meant to make it easier for the House and the Senate to reconcile differences in budget and tax bills.

It is not an obvious threshold, and it confused school officials trying to reconcile state and local government guidance.

Bringing about moderate democracy and sound governance in Hong Kong, while reconciling Beijing and Hong Kong’s interests, is at the very least a Herculean effort.

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America presents two contradictory narratives that it struggles to reconcile.

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.

First Lady Mellie (Bellamy Young) and Fitz reconcile—because of the whole rape thing—and we learn the son is actually his.

I cannot reconcile the idea of a tender Heavenly Father with the known horrors of war, slavery, pestilence, and insanity.

But, of course, all that is impossible, and the thing is to reconcile them to the inevitable things they have to face.

Here, then, is sufficient to reconcile the women to Mahomet, who has not used them so hardly as he is said to have done.

But how are we to reconcile improbable facts related in a contradictory manner?

So Corydon had to reconcile herself to a house with a stove, and a stove-pipe that went through a hole in the wall!


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More About Reconcile

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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Reconcile means the same thing as apologize.