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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He therefore dismissed her with assurances that he would very soon remove her out of the reach of that obloquy she had incurred; concluding with some additional documents, in which he recommended repentance, saying, "Consider, child, there is one still to reconcile yourself to, whose favour is of much greater importance to you than mine."
Can you reconcile yourself to our quiet, regular life?
You may have to reconcile yourself to dipping into your wallet again.
Reconcile yourself to having to deal with opposing views.
You must reconcile yourself to the idea so that it may accept you and obey you to move upward together to more sublime, chaste, and just concepts.
However, she added, reconciliation in an unbalanced power relationship often means "reconcile yourself to the place that we've assigned to you."
Nevertheless, ultimately, you will have to reconcile yourself to paying a not insignificant amount of money for your lease extension.
But once you reconcile yourself to the fact that the talking points on the Swiss side will be poverty, dirt and diversity, and from the Indian side, the jokes will be about Bollywood and Swiss bank accounts, it's plain sailing.
MJ: You say that you don't relish violence but you can reconcile yourself to its use, in cases such as apartheid South Africa or Sani Abacha.
Spend as little time as possible around the toilets, and just reconcile yourself to the fact that you will be following the most unpleasant person in the world into the traps;
However, it is possible to be "gay" and to "vacation" (if not "gay-vacation" per se) happily and safely in much of the Caribbean--provided you're realistic about your expectations and reconcile yourself to the cultural, social, and political realities of your island destination.
"If you are Aboriginal you'll face what has happened to you and find some way to reconcile yourself to it, and if you are not Native you will face what was done to us and find some way to reconcile yourself to it personally.
``I didn't have anything to forgive him for -he was doing his job and I was doing mine,''he says.``I think you have to reconcile yourself to the fact that this is war,and war takes its toll on people.
Times to reconcile yourself to certain facts: some things will happen; some things just won't.