Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

reconcile | reconciliation

1) bring people together or find a way of making opposing things compatible
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    • reconcile ideas/perspectives/needs
  • Analysis

    To 'reconcile' is to repair relations between two or more parties or to settle or forgive an argument or disagreement. To 'reconcile' can also mean to be or make compatible or to make one thing consistent with another. This is a verb that can be used in social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. After five years without speaking, Anna and her father were finally reconciled with each other.
    2. Their individual accounts of the incident don't reconcile with each other in terms of the times they stated.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. If the project is going to work, we will have to find a way of reconciling the different perspectives of the team members.
    2. I called Frank into my office to see if we could reconcile our differences and move forward.
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2) compare different financial accounts to check for consistency and accuracy
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • reconcile the numbers
  • Analysis

    The noun 'reconciliation' is also popular, and we might talk about a reconciliation between people in conflict, or people finding reconciliation after an argument. However, 'reconciliation' has a different meaning in the context of accounting: it is a term used when financial records are compared to ensure they are the same; to ensure they they 'reconcile'.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. They've got all the figures, and now they're trying to reconcile the costs accounts to the financial accounts.
    2. Reconciliation shows that the amounts leaving the account are the amounts actually being spent by the department.
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