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Borrowed from Latin reconciliō.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛkənsaɪl/
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reconcile (third-person singular simple present reconciles, present participle reconciling, simple past and past participle reconciled)

  1. To restore a friendly relationship; to bring back to harmony.
    to reconcile people who have quarrelled
  2. To make things compatible or consistent.
    to reconcile differences
    • 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: Printed for W. Lewis [], published 1711, OCLC 15810849:
      Some Figures monstrous and mis-shap'd appear,
      Consider'd singly, or beheld too near,
      Which, but proportion'd to their Light, or Place,
      Due Distance reconciles to Form and Grace
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The great men among the ancients understood how to reconcile manual labour with affairs of state.
  3. To make the net difference in credits and debits of a financial account agree with the balance.

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