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.verb
- 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.
- 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: ME reconsilen < OFr reconcilier < L reconciliare: see re- & conciliate
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verb rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing, rec·on·ciles verb, transitive
- To reestablish a close relationship between.
- To settle or resolve.
- To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management.
- To make compatible or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours. See Synonyms at adapt.
- To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
- To become compatible or consistent: The figures would not reconcile.
Origin: Middle English reconcilen, from Old French reconcilier, from Latin reconciliāre : re-, re- + conciliāre, to conciliate; see conciliate.
- recˈon·cileˌment noun
- recˈon·cilˌer noun
- recˌon·cilˈi·a·toˌry adjective