Rec·on·cile v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reconciled p. pr. & vb. n. Reconciling.]
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·cile, v. i. To become reconciled. [Obs.]
v 1: make compatible with; "The scientists had to accommodate the
new results with the existing theories" [syn: accommodate,
2: bring into consonance or accord; "harmonize one's goals with
one's abilities" [syn: harmonize, harmonise]
3: come to terms; "After some discussion we finally made up"
[syn: patch up, make up, conciliate, settle]
4: accept as inevitable; "He resigned himself to his fate"
[syn: resign, submit]