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.

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

Synonyms for reconcile

Antonyms for reconcile

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

Examples from the Web for reconciles

Historical Examples of reconciles

  • Thus he reconciles me to the harmony of the universe, and makes all things easy and agreeable.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Seeing this, is the only thing which reconciles me to parting with her.


    Harriet Martineau

  • 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

    Susan Moodie

  • It is amazing, of course, but it reconciles a number of amazing difficulties.

    Tales of Space and Time

    Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for reconciles


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 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 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.

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