- 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[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.
- 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French reconcilier or Latin reconciliare, from Latin re-
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//