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Meaning of “reconcile” in the English Dictionary

"reconcile" in British English

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reconcileverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈrek.ən.saɪl/
C2 to ​find a way in which two ​situations or ​beliefs that are ​opposed to each other can ​agree and ​exist together: It is sometimes ​difficult to reconcile ​science and ​religion. It's ​difficult to reconcile such different ​points of ​view. How can you reconcile ​yourfurcoat and/withyourlove of ​animals?be reconciled When two ​people are reconciled, they ​becomefriendly again after they have ​argued: They were ​finally reconciled with each other, after not ​speaking for ​nearly five ​years.
(Definition of reconcile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reconcile" in American English

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reconcileverb [T]

 us   /ˈrek·ənˌsɑɪl/
to ​adjust the way you ​think about a ​fact or ​situation that is ​opposed to another ​fact or ​situation so that you can ​accept both: How do we reconcile the ​seeminglycontradictorynotions of ​cuttingtaxes and ​balancing the ​budget? If two ​people are reconciled, they ​becomefriendly again after having ​argued so seriously that they ​keptapart: After two ​years of not ​speaking to one another, the two ​brothers were ​finally reconciled. To reconcile yourself to a ​situation is to ​accept it ​even if it is ​unpleasant or ​painful, because it cannot be ​changed: He has reconciled himself to the ​loss of the ​election and is ​moving on.
(Definition of reconcile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reconcile" in Business English

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reconcileverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈrekənsaɪl/
ACCOUNTING to compare different ​financialaccounts, ​amounts, etc. in ​order to ​check that they ​add up to the same ​total or to explain any differences between them: They've got all the ​paperwork and they're now ​trying to reconcile the various ​figures. reconcile sth with sth We need to reconcile all ​transactions with the ​bankstatements and ​cancelledcheques. I just couldn't get the ​numbers to reconcile.
(Definition of reconcile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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