The verb conciliate means to placate, appease, or pacify. If you are eating at a restaurant and the waiter accidentally spills a drink on you, the manager may try to conciliate you by picking up the tab for your meal.

You may be more familiar with the term conciliation ––it can mean the flowers you bring to conciliate your girlfriend after a fight, or a politician’s conciliatory offer to fund a new playground to a community that’s just lost its school. Conciliate comes from the Latin word conciliare, meaning “to unite.” Conciliare in turn comes from the Latin word concilium, meaning “council.” If you remember their common etymology, you can remember that, like council, conciliate is spelled with only one l.

Definitions of conciliate
  1. verb

    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

  2. verb

    come to terms

    make up, patch up, reconcile, settle
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    appease, propitiate

    make peace with
    make peace

    end hostilities
    type of:

    agree, concord, concur, hold

    be in accord; be in agreement

  3. verb

    make (one thing) compatible with (another)

    accommodate, reconcile
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    type of:

    harmonise, harmonize

    bring (several things) into consonance or relate harmoniously

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