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Webster 1913 Edition


Reconcile

Rec′on-cileˊ

(-s?lˊ)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Reconciled
(-s?ldˊ)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Reconciling
.]
[F.
réconcilier
, L.
reconciliare
; pref.
re-
re- +
conciliare
to bring together, to unite. See
Conciliate
.]
1.
To cause to be friendly again; to conciliate anew; to restore to friendship; to bring back to harmony; to cause to be no longer at variance;
as, to
reconcile
persons who have quarreled
.
Propitious now and
reconciled
by prayer.
Dryden.
The church [if defiled] is interdicted till it be
reconciled
[i.e., restored to sanctity] by the bishop.
Chaucer.
We pray you . . . be ye
reconciled
to God.
2 Cor. v. 20.
2.
To bring to acquiescence, content, or quiet submission;
as, to
reconcile
one’s self to affictions
.
3.
To make consistent or congruous; to bring to agreement or suitableness; – followed by with or to.
The great men among the ancients understood how to
reconcile
manual labor with affairs of state.
Locke.
Some figures monstrous and misshaped appear,
Considered singly, or beheld too near;
Which, but proportioned to their light or place,
Due distance
reconciles
to form and grace.
Pope.
4.
To adjust; to settle;
as, to
reconcile
differences
.
Syn. – To reunite; conciliate; placate; propitiate; pacify; appease.

Rec′on-cileˊ

,
Verb.
I.
To become reconciled.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Reconcile

RECONCI'LE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. reconcilio; re and concilio; con and calo, to call, Gr. The literal sense is to call back into union.]
1.
To conciliate anew; to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated; to restore to friendship or favor after estrangement; as, to reconcile men or parties that have been at variance.
Go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother - Matt. 5.
We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Cor. 5. Eph. 2. Col. 1.
2.
To bring to acquiescence, content or quiet submission; with to; as, to reconcile one's self to afflictions. It is our duty to be reconciled to the dispensations of Providence.
3.
To make consistent or congruous; to bring to agreement or suitableness; followed by with or to.
The great men among the ancients understood how to reconcile manual labor with affairs of state.
Some figures monstrous and misshap'd appear, considered singly, or beheld too near; which but proportion'd to their light and place, due distance reconciles to form and grace.
4.
To adjust; to settle; as, to reconcile differences or quarrels.

Definition 2022


reconcile

reconcile

English

Verb

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
    • Alexander Pope
      Some figures monstrous and misshaped appear, / Considered singly, or beheld too near; / Which, but proportioned to their light or place, / Due distance reconciles to form and grace.
    • John Locke
      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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