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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If Prior Aymer rode hard in the chase, or remained long at the banquet, if Prior Aymer was seen, at the early peep of dawn, to enter the postern of the abbey, as he glided home from some rendezvous which had occupied the hours of darkness, men only shrugged up their shoulders, and reconciled themselves to his irregularities, by recollecting that the same were practised by many of his brethren who had no redeeming qualities whatsoever to atone for them.
And as they reconciled themselves to their ridiculous trappings, a curious sensation had come over some of them, notably over the more sensitive, like Crane and Fisher and Juliet, but in some degree over everybody except the practical Mr.
As long as the Indian establishment does not recognise that the Indian state has blown it, and despite 71 years of occupation that the Kashmiri people have not reconciled themselves to being part of the Indian state.
The military revealed its aversion to federalism when Ayub Khan, while adapting the abrogated constitution of 1956 to his scheme of things, dropped the terms 'federation' and 'federal government' from his 1962 constitution; the state was described as a 'republic' and the federal government became the 'central government', Although Yahya Khan and the military rulers that followed him restored the word 'federation' in their constitutional plans there is little evidence to suggest that the security forces have reconciled themselves to the logic of federalism.
They have reconciled themselves to the situation and have grown to love their profession.
Many in the party had not reconciled themselves to Goodluck Jonathan's victory in the party's primaries for the 2011 presidential election and discontent with Jonathan's perceived failures in government was high.
The leaders hope to have Alex Brown back from his honeymoon to boost their final title assault which begins with a match at Kirkley this afternoon, while the Park have already reconciled themselves to the loss of Tom Lakey and Jack Palmer for the rest of the season due to work commitments, but still aim to cling on to the leaders' coat-tails and take the contest into the final weekend when they entertain Berwick.
Readers who have reconciled themselves to the weird premise of Above World--humans have mixed their genes with those of animals in order to survive otherwise uninhabitable regions--will be rewarded with this sequel.
"For those who reconciled themselves to institutional life, the workhouse could be a dangerous place."
Many supporters have never reconciled themselves to McLeish's Birmingham background.
Someone I spoke to this week had reconciled themselves to this proposal because they thought it was an underground mine.
In an interview to be screened on ITV1's Tonight Special on Sunday, the couple spoke of how they reconciled themselves to being killed by their ruthless captors.
"People have reconciled themselves to the fact [that] stability doesn't come without appeasing the Syrians," Safa said.
The theory is that he can now afford to be himself, without pandering to the Blairite wing of the party who have never reconciled themselves to the former Prime Minister's resignation.
It is generally believed that the army would never quit politics in Pakistan and the people there have more or less reconciled themselves to the eventuality.