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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.
  3. to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).
  4. to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent: to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.
  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.

Origin of reconcile

1300–50; Middle English reconcilen < Latin reconciliāre to make good again, repair. See re-, conciliate
Related formsrec·on·cile·ment, nounrec·on·cil·er, nounrec·on·cil·ing·ly, adverbpre·rec·on·cile, verb (used with object), pre·rec·on·ciled, pre·rec·on·cil·ing.pre·rec·on·cile·ment, nounqua·si-rec·on·ciled, adjectiveun·rec·on·ciled, adjectiveun·rec·on·cil·ing, adjective

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Antonyms for reconcile

3. anger. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr)
  1. (often passive usually foll by to) to make (oneself or another) no longer opposed; cause to acquiesce in something unpleasantshe 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)
Derived Formsreconcilement, 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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Word Origin and History for reconcilement



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.

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