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verb reconcile pronunciation in British English /ˈrekənsaɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereconciling
past tensereconciled
past participlereconciled
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to find a way to make ideas, beliefs, needs etc that are opposed to each other capable of existing together
    There seems to be no possibility of reconciling the two versions of what happened.
    Management and labour are attempting to reconcile their differences.
    reconcile something with something: Research is being undertaken in how to reconcile conservation needs with growing demand for water.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if you reconcile two people or groups, or if they reconcile, they become friendly again after a disagreement
    The couple has been making every effort to reconcile.
    Foreign mediators have failed to reconcile the warring factions.
    reconcile someone with someone: It was his father’s wish that he become reconciled with his family.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make someone accept a situation even though they do not like it
    reconcile someone to something: She couldn’t reconcile herself to the idea of just giving up.


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