May 09, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
reconcile /ˈrɛkənˌsajəl/ verb

reconciles; reconciled; reconciling

The children refuse to reconcile their differences.
The children refuse to reconcile their differences.
Learner's definition of RECONCILE


1 [+ object] : to find a way of making (two different ideas, facts, etc.) exist or be true at the same time

  • I'm afraid her story cannot be reconciled with the proven facts. [=her story must be false because it does not agree with the proven facts]

  • You'll need to reconcile [=settle] your differences with her.

  • It can be difficult to reconcile your ideals with reality.

2 : to cause people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement

[+ object]

  • His attempt to reconcile his friends (with each other) was unsuccessful.

— often used as (be) reconciled

  • After many years, they are finally reconciled (with each other). [=they are friendly again]

[no object]

  • We will never reconcile.

  • After many years, they finally reconciled (with each other).

— reconcilable /ˌrɛkənˈsaɪləbəl/ adjective

  • Your theory is easily reconcilable with our results.

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