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Definition of "conciliate" [con•cil•i•ate]

  • To overcome the distrust or animosity of; appease. (verb-transitive)
  • To regain or try to regain (friendship or goodwill) by pleasant behavior. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or attempt to make compatible; reconcile. (verb-transitive)
  • To gain or try to gain someone's friendship or goodwill. See Synonyms at pacify. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conciliate" in a sentence
  • "He has deliberately said, that, if we cannot "conciliate" the Rebels, and "persuade" them to come back into the Union, we should allow them to depart in peace."
  • "The establishment of these reforms, the petitioners of the Regulation concluded, would "conciliate" their minds to "every just measure of government, and would make the laws what the Constitution ever designed they should be, their protection and not their bane.""
  • "_patani [vs] a_ would be the verbal root for "conciliate"; _mpatana [vs] i_ is"