| #2 (permalink) Sat Feb 11, 2006 14:31 pm Match vs. reconcile
|I admit it's been a hard thing to do, but I finally reconciled my way of thinking with yours.
Match means to be exactly like, to correspond, to be alike. For example, if a bag matches a coat it means that they go together very well in terms of colour, design, etc. Two people can be a very good match, meaning that they are a good couple. No compromise is implied in the use of this verb.
Reconcile means to make compatible or consistent, to put up with. In this sentence the idea is that a person tried hard to change his/her way of thinking so that it became the same as the other person's way of thinking. In a way this person had to make a compromise, to put up with the situation, so reconcile is the word that fits here.
Hope this helps!
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