Definition of come to terms with in US English:

come to terms with


  • Come to accept (a new and painful or difficult event or situation); reconcile oneself to.

    ‘she had come to terms with the tragedies in her life’
    • ‘Many are pioneer-era women coming to terms with accepting other women into their homes.’
    • ‘He said injured passengers on the ward had found it difficult coming to terms with the way they had survived when others had not.’
    • ‘It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that his affable presence will be no more.’
    • ‘We put on a brave front when there's really a need for grieving and coming to terms with the situation.’
    • ‘This makes the fact that the lyrics are so poor even more difficult to come to terms with.’
    • ‘It is always difficult coming to terms with an imminent loss, but it was made much easier when such kindness was shown by an entire team.’
    • ‘I went on to describe the inclement weather and how difficult I found it coming to terms with it.’
    • ‘It's how he comes to terms with the events of his life.’
    • ‘By now everyone was aware of their impending doom and chaos was starting to break out, but through it all many people came to terms with their fate and accepted it.’
    • ‘It's an odd paradox that as Alex comes to terms with these events from his past, he struggles to ignore and repress them.’
    accept, come to accept, become reconciled to, reconcile oneself to, reach an acceptance, reach an acceptance of, get used to, become accustomed to, adjust to, accommodate oneself to, acclimatize oneself to
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