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reconcile

[rek-uh n-sahyl] /ˈrɛk ənˌsaɪl/
verb (used with object), reconciled, reconciling.
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), reconciled, reconciling.
7.
to become reconciled.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English reconcilen < Latin reconciliāre to make good again, repair. See re-, conciliate
Related forms
reconcilement, noun
reconciler, noun
reconcilingly, adverb
prereconcile, verb (used with object), prereconciled, prereconciling.
prereconcilement, noun
quasi-reconciled, adjective
unreconciled, adjective
unreconciling, adjective
Synonyms
2. pacify, propitiate, placate. 4. harmonize.
Antonyms
3. anger.
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Examples from the web for reconcile
  • The work of the mature intellect is to reconcile oneself to the past without a retreat into fantasy--in either direction.
  • They team up to form coalitions to overthrow their foes, but they also reconcile after a fight.
  • It's difficult to reconcile the two approaches to cinema, roughly art vs commerce.
  • In part, this was because of the topic--the eternal tussle to reconcile faith and science.
  • Both systems let you get up-to-the-minute bank balances, view historical information, and even reconcile your checkbook online.
  • Eliminating the need to reconcile many versions of a design means fewer tiny errors when it's finished.
  • It attempts to reconcile human suffering with the need of an army to defeat its enemy.
  • To reconcile with someone, you must acknowledge his demands.
  • They have seen plenty of their married peers flirt and have affairs and reconcile, or divorce and marry again.
  • But they don't have to reconcile the contradictions in order to cope with reality.
British Dictionary definitions for reconcile

reconcile

/ˈrɛkənˌsaɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often passive) usually foll by to. 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)
Derived Forms
reconcilement, noun
reconciler, noun
reconciliation (ˌrɛkənˌsɪlɪˈeɪʃən) noun
reconciliatory (ˌrɛkənˈsɪlɪətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reconciliāre to bring together again, from re- + conciliāre to make friendly, conciliate
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Word Origin and History for reconcile
v.

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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