Definition of reconcile verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    reconcile

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrekənsaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekənsaɪl//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reconcile
    BrE BrE//ˈrekənsaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekənsaɪl//
     
    he / she / it reconciles
    BrE BrE//ˈrekənsaɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekənsaɪlz//
     
    past simple reconciled
    BrE BrE//ˈrekənsaɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekənsaɪld//
     
    past participle reconciled
    BrE BrE//ˈrekənsaɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekənsaɪld//
     
    -ing form reconciling
    BrE BrE//ˈrekənsaɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekənsaɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1reconcile something (with something) to find an acceptable way of dealing with two or more ideas, needs, etc. that seem to be opposed to each other an attempt to reconcile the need for industrial development with concern for the environment It was hard to reconcile his career ambitions with the needs of his children.
  2. 2[usually passive] to make people become friends again after an argument or a disagreement reconcile somebody The pair were reconciled after Jackson made a public apology. reconcile somebody with somebody He has recently been reconciled with his wife.
  3. 3reconcile somebody/yourself (to something) to make somebody/yourself accept an unpleasant situation because it is not possible to change it synonym resign yourself to He could not reconcile himself to the prospect of losing her.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French reconcilier or Latin reconciliare, from Latin re- ‘back’ (also expressing intensive force) + conciliare ‘bring together’.Extra examples It is difficult to reconcile the facts with the judge’s conclusion. We are left with the problem of reconciling our religion with the modern view of women. We are still trying to reconcile the needs of the two groups. trying to find some way of reconciling the two conflicting views No amount of designer labels could reconcile her to missing out on the trip.
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