Definition of reconcile in English:



  • 1Restore friendly relations between.

    ‘the king and the archbishop were publicly reconciled’
    ‘she wanted to be reconciled with her father’
    • ‘Re-Connect, a council-run service, assists youngsters in danger of becoming homeless as well as those in temporary accommodation hoping to be reconciled with their families.’
    • ‘On a cold winter night Tom's teenage son, Edward, calls on the young teacher to beg her to be reconciled with his father.’
    • ‘She is even reconciled with her father, a local architect.’
    • ‘Speaking on behalf of the teenager, who had been brought to court from jail having previously been remanded in custody, solicitor Tom Smith said she had been reconciled with her mother.’
    • ‘Earlier, Miss Brown had said she did not want to proceed with the complaints, did not want to be reconciled with Tyler and wanted to get on with her life.’
    • ‘She has since been reconciled with her family who put her in touch with the Amber Foundation so she can address her drug abuse problems.’
    • ‘Miss Anwar now works one day a week advising other forced marriage victims and is reconciled with her Gujerati parents living in Bolton.’
    • ‘And when his first wife Patricia died of cancer, aged 47, Carter was also reconciled with his daughter.’
    • ‘He said Simms had been reconciled with his girlfriend after the assault and there were now no problems between the two of them.’
    • ‘But Hart was reconciled with his wife after the crash and the couple are now said to be ‘stronger than ever’.’
    • ‘The only good thing to have come from it all was that she was now reconciled with her husband after one of the holidays.’
    • ‘I am now reconciled with two of my estranged siblings - not just my older brother, but my sister, whom I hadn't spoken to for 17 years.’
    • ‘However, Mary is adamant that Julian could not hide his feelings for her despite being reconciled with Patricia.’
    • ‘One of the uplifting moments of the series is when pensioner Daniel Wisdom is reconciled with his brother, Joe, to whom he had not been speaking for 20 years.’
    • ‘And she has been reconciled with Pandora Melly.’
    • ‘He said the pensioner, who suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis, had now accepted the affair was over, had been reconciled with his wife and any future offending was unlikely.’
    • ‘Many men are reconciled with estranged family members; all can talk about whatever suffering, neglect, or poverty landed them in prison.’
    • ‘He came to see me because he loved his wife and wanted to be reconciled with her.’
    • ‘He has not been home since 1998 and decided he wanted to be reconciled with his family.’
    make harmonious, restore harmony to, make peaceful, patch up, repair, smooth out
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    1. 1.1Settle (a quarrel)
      ‘advice on how to reconcile the conflict’
      • ‘Two central strategies were used to reconcile this conflict.’
      • ‘And we certainly cannot reconcile the conflicts about affirmative action preferences without answering these questions.’
      • ‘But it would appear that even death has failed to reconcile the feud between her and her son, Richard, who was noticeably absent from his mother's funeral last Saturday.’
      • ‘Thus he had a particular reason for wanting to reconcile the historic conflict between the two countries.’
      • ‘The company bosses have said it is ‘regrettable’ that a rail union official did not attend a meeting staged to help reconcile their long-running dispute over pay.’
      • ‘China's leaders believed that immediate democratization, instead of serving to reconcile the conflicts of interest created by economic change, might instead exacerbate them.’
      • ‘He was a quiet person, not overly ambitious but always eager to reconcile disputes between opposing parties.’
      • ‘Although the dispute was peacefully reconciled, the men carried concealed knives and guns under their clothes should the other side prove uncooperative.’
      • ‘We propose a new dynamic model in order to help reconcile the long-standing controversy in Central Asia.’
      • ‘Can that inherent conflict be reconciled successfully?’
      • ‘Then, through explaining and defending their views to their group, those conflicts can be reconciled.’
      • ‘Ryaas, a former director general of regional autonomy, suggested that the two feuding parties reconcile their differences in order to reduce the political tension.’
      • ‘But, this time, he was unable to reconcile internecine squabbles.’
      • ‘Time has to be spent by managers coping with and reconciling the conflicts as best they can.’
      • ‘The new government will be pressed to reconcile religious conflicts and work out a policy that is considerate of the poor and mitigates the ill effects of economic growth.’
      • ‘But most tend to reconcile conflicts through heart-to-heart talks.’
      • ‘And they make no attempt to reconcile that conflict, tailoring their local appeal to the lowest common denominator in each area.’
      • ‘There is no formula for reconciling this conflict of principles and no easy answer.’
      settle, resolve, patch up, sort out, smooth over, iron out, put to rights, mend, remedy, heal, cure, rectify
      reunite, bring together (again), bring back together (again), restore friendly relations between, restore harmony between, make peace between, resolve differences between, bring to terms
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    2. 1.2Make or show to be compatible.
      ‘the agreement had to be reconciled with the city's new international relations policy’
      • ‘Quantum mechanics has not been reconciled with general relativity, but physicists don't say the universe contains contradictions.’
      • ‘Compatibilist philosophies seek to reconcile free will and determinism in a modern time.’
      • ‘What they are doing is testing whether or not a particular creation story can be reconciled with a scientific model.’
      • ‘It's a fondness I can't reconcile with any feminist leanings I might have, so I've learned to embrace it as a guilty pleasure.’
      • ‘The dilemma is: how can the need to protect the public from an unprecedented level of threat be reconciled with the liberties and rights that characterise our society?’
      • ‘One thing is that people lie (or maybe it would be better stated that people often answer in ways that cannot be reconciled with reality).’
      • ‘How can this fact be reconciled with the high ticket price?’
      • ‘The agreement also had to be reconciled with the city's new international relations policy which was adopted in 2000.’
      • ‘For liberals, such obstructionism proved yet again that the Catholic tradition could never truly be reconciled with secular democracy.’
      • ‘Can affirmative action be reconciled with liberal individualism?’
      • ‘And what happens when the need for profit simply cannot be reconciled with social and environmental justice?’
      • ‘Spencer produced his most challenging work in the struggle to reconcile this religious vision with the reality of the world around him.’
      • ‘Many centuries later, religious scholars had found that some of the dates of Roman history in the early Christian era cannot be reconciled with what has been recorded in New Testament writings.’
      • ‘I'd like to see exactly how that assertion can be reconciled with the original statement.’
      • ‘Educators at all levels need to reconcile rigor and creativity, and to treat them as compatible, coexisting dimensions of intelligence.’
      • ‘He knew that absolute creeds, whatever their ideal, cannot be reconciled with differing outlooks.’
      • ‘The obvious question, however, is how the premiers' commitment to provincial equality can be reconciled with their recognition of Quebec's unique status.’
      • ‘How can the blacklisting be reconciled with US policy of promoting stability in the region?’
      • ‘Can British nuclear disarmament be safely reconciled with the unpredictable nature of international relations?’
      • ‘It is where women can reconcile being feminine and being unique.’
      make compatible, harmonize, square, make harmonious, synthesize, make congruent, cause to be in agreement, cause to sit easily with, cause to sit happily with
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    3. 1.3Make someone accept (a disagreeable or unwelcome thing)
      ‘he was reconciled to leaving’
      • ‘At a time when Britons work the longest hours in Europe, self-satisfied middle class attempts to reconcile us to our economic obligations have a meaning that is more than comic.’
      • ‘It reconciles her to such things as tennis tournaments (which is important for her, because she has an endorsement contract of 50 million bucks).’
      • ‘He said in an interview recently, ‘I have another job and I am reconciled to the fact that, whether the record sells or not, I'm just going to have fun.’’
      • ‘I wrote here about the ways in which marriage reconciles us to time and mortality.’
      • ‘At 47, with his children reaching their late teens, some believe Ryan is reconciled to sticking with his lucrative radio day job, with the occasional television project on the side.’
      • ‘So, on the whole, I am reconciled to the squirrels taking my walnuts, the rabbits eating my grass, the deer eating my saplings, and the herons eating my fish.’
      • ‘This kind of thing can reconcile you to camping.’
      • ‘Moments like that reconcile me to the existence of these ‘explorers’.’
      • ‘Not very confident of India accepting accession, he was reconciled to a state of permanent political exile in India.’
      • ‘It transcends transience and therefore reconciles us to the most fundamental condition of our existence.’
      • ‘The point of religion, he used to say, was to reconcile us to the hollowness, the futility, the nothingness of life.’
      • ‘Representatives of the licensed trade, previously regarded as the most implacable opponents of the ban, indicated that they were reconciled to its eventual implementation.’
      • ‘The act of returning does, however, offer some resolution, in that Marie-Noëlle is reconciled to the fact that the truth is unknowable.’
      accept, come to accept, resign oneself to, come to terms with, learn to live with, get used to, make the best of, submit to, accommodate oneself to, adjust oneself to, become accustomed to, acclimatize oneself to
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  • 2Make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed.

    ‘it is not necessary to reconcile the cost accounts to the financial accounts’
    • ‘If it's a bank or credit card statement, reconcile it against your receipts, payments and deposits to ensure that it is spot-on.’
    • ‘For travel transactions, cardholders are responsible for reconciling their statements each month and filing vouchers within 15-30 days of travel.’
    • ‘The accounts payable program not only prints checks, reconciles bank accounts and produces expense reports, but it also allows club owners to track bank accounts, cash flow, checks, invoices and vendors.’
    • ‘This exercise allows you to reconcile the total amount of PAYE entered onto the certificates with the annualised PAYE paid over to the Receiver of Revenue.’
    • ‘Even the most creative of accountants would have difficulty reconciling these uncertain credits and debits.’
    • ‘They say there appears to have been collusion internally between him and the administrative back office responsible for reconciling his transactions.’
    • ‘After a trader completes a deal, the back-office staff confirm the trades by phone and also reconcile cash accounts at the end of each day.’
    • ‘The disbursement of funds from this account would be reconciled on a quarterly basis.’
    • ‘It is horrible practice to have the teller made responsible for reconciling the accounts, how can one check on one's own work?’
    • ‘The Data Processing Center of the Treasury Service reconciles taxes paid with taxpayer liabilities generated in the tax billing process.’
    • ‘The large differences under these two items came to the fore while reconciling the accounts during the last quarter of the year 2001-02, he adds.’
    • ‘These amounts are inconsistent with the amounts shown on Mr. Smith's income tax returns and I was not provided with an explanation that allows me to reconcile this.’
    • ‘Analyzing how the cash flow statement reconciles profits with actual cash flows is also critical.’
    • ‘Also, only 26 per cent of employers polled required double signatories on checks and only 11 per cent ever change staff who reconcile their bank accounts.’
    • ‘The results were reconciled and audited by a partner in the accounting firm Ernst & Young.’
    • ‘The final bill, he added, would only be known when all the accounts had been reconciled.’
    • ‘The bank account should be reconciled with the barrister's receipts book.’
    • ‘The cash flow statement differs from these other financial statements because it acts as a kind of corporate checkbook that reconciles the other two statements.’


Late Middle English: from Old French reconcilier or Latin reconciliare, from Latin re- back (also expressing intensive force) + conciliare bring together.