- to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired: He was reconciled to his fate.
- to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable: to reconcile hostile persons.
- to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).
- to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent: to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.
- to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.).
- to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.
- to become reconciled.
Origin of reconcile
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Examples from the Web for reconciles
Thus he reconciles me to the harmony of the universe, and makes all things easy and agreeable.The Christian
Seeing this, is the only thing which reconciles me to parting with her.Deerbrook
It reconciles and solves and resolves mental discords, like music.The Martian
George Du Maurier
Time, which reconciles us to every change, will teach me resignation to the Divine will.Flora Lyndsay
It is amazing, of course, but it reconciles a number of amazing difficulties.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
- (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)
Word Origin and History for reconciles
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.