What does reconcile mean?

Definitions for reconcile
ˈrɛk ənˌsaɪlrec·on·cile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accommodate, reconcile, conciliateverb

    make (one thing) compatible with (another)

    "The scientists had to accommodate the new results with the existing theories"

  2. harmonize, harmonise, reconcileverb

    bring into consonance or accord

    "harmonize one's goals with one's abilities"

  3. reconcile, patch up, make up, conciliate, settleverb

    come to terms

    "After some discussion we finally made up"

  4. resign, reconcile, submitverb

    accept as inevitable

    "He resigned himself to his fate"


  1. reconcileverb

    To recreate friendly relationships.

  2. reconcileverb

    To make things compatible or consistent.

  3. reconcileverb

    To make the net difference in credits and debits of a financial account agree with the balance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RECONCILEverb

    Etymology: reconcilier, Fr. reconcilio, Lat.

    This noble passion,
    Child of integrity, hath from my soul
    Wip’d the black scruples, reconcil’d my thoughts
    To thy good truth and honour. William Shakespeare.

    Submit to Cæsar;
    And reconcile thy mighty soul to life. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Many wise men, who knew the treasurer’s talent in removing prejudice, and reconciling himself to wavering affections, believ’d the loss of the duke was unseasonable. Edward Hyde.

    He that has accustomed himself to take up with what easily offers itself, has reason to fear he shall never reconcile himself to the fatigue of turning things in his mind, to discover their more retired secrets. John Locke.

    The great men among the ancients understood how to reconcile manual labour with affairs of state. John Locke.

    Questions of right and wrong
    Which though our consciences have reconciled,
    My learning cannot answer. Thomas Southerne, Spartan Dame.

    Some figures monstrous and mishap’d appear,
    Consider’d singly, or beheld too near;
    Which but proportion’d to their light or place,
    Due distance reconciles to form and grace. Alexander Pope.

    So thou shalt do for every one that erreth and is simple, so shall ye reconcile the house. Ezek. xlv. 20.

    Let him live before thee reconcil’d. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reconcileverb

    to cause to be friendly again; to conciliate anew; to restore to friendship; to bring back to harmony; to cause to be no longer at variance; as, to reconcile persons who have quarreled

  2. Reconcileverb

    to bring to acquiescence, content, or quiet submission; as, to reconcile one's self to affictions

  3. Reconcileverb

    to make consistent or congruous; to bring to agreement or suitableness; -- followed by with or to

  4. Reconcileverb

    to adjust; to settle; as, to reconcile differences

  5. Reconcileverb

    to become reconciled

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reconcile

    rek′on-sīl, v.t. to restore to friendship or union: to bring to agreement: to bring to contentment: to pacify: to make consistent: to adjust or compose.—adj. Rec′oncilable, that may be reconciled: that may be made to agree: consistent.—n. Rec′oncilableness, possibility of being reconciled: consistency: harmony.—adv. Rec′oncilably, in a reconcilable manner.—ns. Rec′onciler; Reconciliā′tion, Rec′oncilement, act of reconciling: state of being reconciled: renewal of friendship: propitiation: atonement: the bringing to agreement things at variance.—adj. Reconcil′iatory, serving or tending to reconcile. [Fr. réconcilier—L. re-, again, conciliāre, -ātum, to call together.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reconcile in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reconcile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of reconcile in a Sentence

  1. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us to reconcile these deficiencies quickly.

  2. Luc Stevens:

    There is no reconciliation if one group says 'Lets reconcile on our terms', if you don't want to leave anybody behind in this country, you need to think about an inclusive process, an open dialogue, and ensure that people can express their opinion.

  3. Henry Hon:

    When a person's conscience alerts them to an offense that is causing a rift in a relationship, it is important to attempt to reconcile quickly with the offended person.

  4. Ryan Reynolds:

    It's impossible to reconcile, what we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.

  5. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga:

    Whoever wins will have the daunting task to try to change the equation in the country, overwhelmingly what people are saying is, they want the new leadership to govern them better; they want a government that will be able to reconcile them.

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