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Definition of "reconcile" []

  • To reestablish a close relationship between. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle or resolve. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management. (verb-transitive)
  • To make compatible or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours. See Synonyms at adapt. (verb-transitive)
  • To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year. (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 "reconcile" in a sentence
  • "How can Palin reconcile giving money to someone who would want HER to get out of politics and go be a good little stay at home wife for Todd?"
  • "The most difficult thing for me to reconcile is the statement on your masthead proclaiming your paper free of influence from the left or the right."
  • "How, in short, reconcile what the progress already accomplished has had the effect of rendering irreconcilable?"