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come to terms

Definition of come to terms

  1. 1 :  to reach an agreement <The two sides have not been able to come to terms.> —often + with <The company has come to terms with the union.>

  2. 2 :  to learn how to accept or live with something that is difficult or painful —+ with <She has found it hard to come to terms with the demands of her job.> <It took him a long time to come to terms with the end of his marriage.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

termplay terms
  1. :  end, termination

    :  a point in time assigned to something (as a payment)

    :  the time at which a pregnancy of normal length terminates

  1. :  to apply a term to :  call, name

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