- Reconcile is defined as to make two people friendly again, to cause someone to accept a decision or action, or to match the details of two accounts.
- An example of reconcile is the act of two friends making up after a bitter fight.
- An example of reconcile is for a person to be forced into a particular career.
- An example of reconcile is to check your checking book balance against your checking statement.
transitive verbreconciled, reconciling
- to make friendly again or win over to a friendly attitude
- to settle (a quarrel, difference, etc.)
- to make (arguments, ideas, texts, accounts, etc.) consistent, compatible, etc.; bring into harmony
- to make content, submissive, or acquiescent (to): to become reconciled to one's lot
Origin of reconcileMiddle English reconsilen ; from Old French reconcilier ; from Classical Latin reconciliare: see re- and amp; conciliate
verbrec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing, rec·on·ciles
- To reestablish a close relationship between: reconciled the opposing parties.
- To settle or resolve: reconciled the dispute.
- To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management.
- To make compatible, harmonious, or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours.
- To compare (one financial account) so that it is consistent or compatible with another: reconciled my ledger against my bank statement.
- To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
- To become compatible, harmonious, or consistent: The figures would not reconcile.
Origin of reconcileMiddle English reconcilen, from Old French reconcilier, from Latin reconciliāre : re-, re- + conciliāre, to conciliate; see conciliate.
(third-person singular simple present reconciles, present participle reconciling, simple past and past participle reconciled)
From Latin reconciliō.