reconcile (oneself) to (something)

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reconcile (oneself) to (something)

To accept or come to terms with something one must deal with, especially an undesirable, difficult, or troubling situation or set of circumstances. We had finally reconciled ourselves to a life without children, when against all odds Linda managed to become pregnant! I've reconciled myself to never truly loving my job.
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reconcile oneself to something

to grow to feel comfortable with an undesirable or challenging situation. John reconciled himself to living alone. Anne reconciled herself to having to wear glasses.
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References in classic literature ?
No, my dear fellow; we must reconcile ourselves to the fact that we have no case at present, and that it is worth our while to run any risk in order to establish one."
'Ah dear me the poor old room,' said Flora, glancing round, 'looks just as ever Mrs Clennam I am touched to see except for being smokier which was to be expected with time and which we must all expect and reconcile ourselves to being whether we like it or not as I am sure I have had to do myself if not exactly smokier dreadfully stouter which is the same or worse, to think of the days when papa used to bring me here the least of girls a perfect mass of chilblains to be stuck upon a chair with my feet on the rails and stare at Arthur--pray excuse me--Mr Clennam--the least of boys in the frightfullest of frills and jackets ere yet Mr F.
We really cannot reconcile ourselves to a commercial person.
So now later we are compelled to turn forgotten pages of history, grope our way back to first, or primary causes, and learn to reconcile ourselves to those ordinary unglamorous, even banal facts which offer us the only known and tested cure to our ongoing dilemma, facts that restore narratives, of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, to our humanity." The lecture was followed by a staged-reading from Soyinka's celebrated play "Death and the King's Horseman," produced by the AUB Theater Initiative, performed by members of the African Club at AUB, among others.
Besides, the screen looks kind of cool now." It's fascinating, the things we reconcile ourselves to.
While we all must reconcile ourselves to Brexit and be positive for the future, the 'harder'Brexit is, the more difficult it will be.
We've begun to get over the shock, and we're now looking for ways to reconcile ourselves to what just happened.
Summary: We’ve begun to get over the shock, and we’re now looking for ways to reconcile ourselves to what just happened.
Home Secretary Douglas Hurd wrote in an October, 1985, memo: "We may have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that a number of our cities now contain a pool of several hundred Bishop David Sheppard young people whom we have not educated, whom it may not be possible to employ, and who are antagonistic to all authority.
If we became Oscar would we have been thinking like any normal person, such that we would foresee and reconcile ourselves to the fact that firing those shots out of fear would kill someone?
"We just can't reconcile ourselves to the idea that live music venues in Texas are threatened by the current tax on alcohol, which there seems to be an insatiable appetite for, no matter what the price," he said.
Orthodox Jews should decide whether or not to support it on purely neutral, secular terms, and we should reconcile ourselves to our detachment from mainstream culture just as we always have.
Lieberman wouldn't say whether such an operation was planned but noted that the violence from Gaza was "unacceptable and we won't reconcile ourselves to it."
"The last glimmer of hope has now been extinguished and we must now take time to reconcile ourselves to this further devastating news.
"We will not hold back when Israeli territory comes under fire, and will not reconcile ourselves to missile fire or any other form of terror directed at Israeli citizens," he said.Aa