to resign yourself to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - resign yourself to

"to resign yourself to"

to reluctantly accept something because it cannot be changed


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - resign yourself to

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I can't believe that we are supposed to just accept a ten percent pay cut.

Colleague 2: The company is in trouble. Would you rather accept a pay cut or lose your job?

Colleague 1: Well, since I really need this job, I suppose I will just have to resign myself to a pay cut.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - resign yourself to

A mother is talking with her child ...

Child: But I don't like this food.

Mother: Too bad. It is all there is. You will sit there and finish your meal. You may as well resign yourself to eating your dinner. You really do not have a choice.

Child: And if I don't eat?

Mother: You will be sitting there all night.

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to resign yourself to - Gerund Form:

Resigning yourself to the inevitable, no matter how unpalatable, can bring peace.

to resign yourself to - Examples:

1)  Outside of society, she sang. You wouldn't resign yourself to your status as an outcast; you would celebrate it. 

2)  ... a musician in an unknown, unsigned Sydney hard rock band, you have to resign yourself to the fact that there is little to no support or investment from large ...

3)  So your job sucks. You could resign yourself to a life of dull (or even miserable) days in the office ...

4)  You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you write anything really good.

5)  This is not a book to begin at bedtime unless you want to resign yourself to staying up half the night.

6)  I like the way I knit and the fabric that results, so I have resigned myself to the changes I have to make. Why fight the fabric and pattern ...

7)  Anyway, I had long ago resigned myself to the fact that, for certain alcohols, this would always be impossible.

8)  Before I met with you, I had resigned myself to a dull, lifeless future of unfulfilled promises and discarded dreams.

9)  He's been summarily kicked out and voluntarily resigned himself to the very comfortable bed in the spare bedroom.

10)  Perhaps reading the writing on the wall, Jesus realized his destiny and resigned himself to the likelihood that he was going to be wrongfully put to death.

11)  He had come to stay, and the unfortunate man resigned himself to his fate with a bitter hopeless grief.

12)  Tears followed her words, and, sinking back, she resigned herself to the stillness of sorrow.

13)  Deborah Cheng has resigned herself to staying with her parents for a few more years unless Vancouver's housing market improves dramatically.

14)  Claudia has always felt she didn't want children. She had resigned herself to the fact that this may mean she would never have a husband, ...

15)  Many people inside Israel and outside tried to find a peace while many Israelis resigned themselves to living in a nation of continual military alertness. 

16)  The boys have resigned themselves to not seeing us all Saturday Morning while we explore this fantastic shop.

17)  Historically, the moment when absolutely everyone has resigned themselves to continued slump is usually the time when the economy takes off.

18)  Is there then nothing one can do? Should we resign ourselves to the inevitability of climate change and hope that the climate system will correct ...

19)  When forecasts are bleak but corrective resolve is weak, we abandon the best and resign ourselves to the worst.

20)  It is therefore up to us to rise to the leadership challenge and not resign ourselves to the status quo. We must bring our energies, creativity, talents ...