learn to live with

learn to live with something

Fig. to learn to adapt to something unpleasant or painful. Finally the doctor told Marion that she was going to have to learn to live with her arthritis. The floor plan of the house we bought is not as spacious as we had thought, but we will learn to live with it.
See also: learn, live

learn to live with

Get used to or accustom oneself to something that is painful, annoying, or unpleasant. For example, The doctor said nothing more could be done about improving her sight; she'd just have to learn to live with it , or Pat decided she didn't like the new sofa but would have to learn to live with it.
See also: learn, live
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DEULOFEU is a great player, but he has to learn to live with the elite.
I don't think the death of a child is something you ever get over but something you gradually learn to live with.
I don't think the death of a child is something you ever get over, but something you gradually learn to live with.
Grief does not diminish, but you can manage the intensity and learn to live with it.
But Don MacLeod, a member of the British Psychological Society who has experience of dealing with disasters and sudden death, said they can learn to live with the tragedy.
If we learn to live with security, we learn to have faith.
However, we should learn to live with disappointment.
Noble (a sudden cardiac arrest survivor) of his experiences with having congenital heart problems and who has had to learn to live with the constant threat of sudden death.
At the same time, Benedict said Christians and Muslims "must seek paths of reconciliation and learn to live with respect for each other's identity.
Another is that clients can learn to live with depression and panic attacks through relaxation, anger management and similar programmes.
Mintrop finds that teachers in low-performing schools are initially upset by negative state evaluations, but that they quickly learn to live with the label and even to interpret it as a signal that they need more resources or more talented students.
We are at a new frontier--one where we must learn to live with our industry's maturity.
When will this country learn to live with the planet, rather than raping it?
We must resolve the Iraq crisis and learn to live with the fear of terrorism," he said.
IF it is a dilemma, the organization must learn to live with it because there is no solution.