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To successfully deal with a problem or difficulty - thesaurus

Synonyms

cope

verb

to deal successfully with a difficult situation or job

overcome

verb

to succeed in dealing with or controlling a problem

carry off

to deal successfully with something difficult

surmount

verb

to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem

work out

to deal with a problem in a satisfactory way

handle

verb

to deal successfully with a person who is likely to become angry or upset

manage

verb

to deal successfully with a problem or difficult situation

shrug off

to deal with something easily and successfully

manage

verb

to deal successfully with a person or animal whose behaviour is difficult

resolve

verb

formal to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with a disagreement

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absorb

verb

to deal with the harmful effects of a change, so that problems are avoided

break down

to remove a difficulty that prevents something from happening

catch

verb

to discover a problem or medical condition and stop it from becoming worse

clear

verb

to deal successfully with a problem

clear up

to solve a problem or a mystery

come up smelling of roses

to come out of a difficult situation with your reputation better than it was before, especially when you do not deserve to

compromise

verb

to solve a problem or end an argument by accepting that you cannot have everything that you want

correct

verb

to deal with a technical or medical problem, in order to make something work in the way that it should

counter

verb

to take action in order to oppose or stop something or reduce its negative effects

counteract

verb

to reduce the negative effect of something by doing something that has an opposite effect

crack

verb

to solve a complicated problem, or to find the answer to a mystery

cure

verb

to solve a problem

cut the Gordian knot

to solve a very difficult problem in a quick and determined way that may cause other problems in the future

cut through

to deal quickly and effectively with something that causes problems or is confusing

dispose of

to remove something such as a problem by dealing with it successfully

fix

verb

informal to find a solution to a situation where things are not working well

get around

to find a way of dealing with a problem or of avoiding it

get over

to find a way to solve or deal with a difficult problem

get through

to manage to deal with a difficult situation or to stay alive until it is over

iron out

to deal successfully with a disagreement or problem, especially by removing the last remaining difficulties

lick

verb

informal to deal with a difficult problem or situation successfully

live to tell the tale

to deal successfully with a dangerous or unpleasant experience

make up/recover lost ground

to become successful again after having been delayed or having had problems

mediate

verb

to find an agreement or solution that settles a disagreement

negotiate

verb

to successfully deal with something that is preventing you from achieving an aim

pull a rabbit out of a hat

to do something very clever and unexpected that solves a problem

puzzle out

to solve a confusing or complicated problem by thinking carefully about it

reason out

to find a successful way of dealing with something by thinking about it

reconcile

verb

to find a way to make ideas, beliefs, needs etc that are opposed to each other capable of existing together

rectify

verb

formal to correct a problem or mistake, or to make a bad situation better

relieve

verb

to make a problem or bad situation less serious

rise above

to deal well with a difficult or unpleasant situation

rise to the challenge/occasion

to deal successfully with a problem or situation that is especially difficult

salvage

verb

to succeed in achieving something in a situation or action that has been a failure

smooth over

to make a problem seem less serious

smooth the way (for)

to remove problems so that something can be achieved easily

solve

verb

to find a solution to something that is causing difficulties

sort

verb

Britishinformal to solve a problem or deal with someone or something successfully

sort out

to do what is necessary to deal with a problem, disagreement, or difficult situation successfully

square the circle

to do something that is very difficult or impossible

straighten out

to deal with a problem or a confused situation

strike a balance (between something and something)

to accept neither of two extreme positions or things but find a solution that is reasonable and fair

survive

verb

to manage to deal with something difficult or unpleasant

take the steam out of something

to make a situation less difficult or dangerous

think outside the box

to find new ways of doing things, especially of solving problems

turn around

to stop being unsuccessful and to start being successful, or to make something do this

untangle

verb

to solve a complicated situation or problem

weather

verb

to manage a difficult experience without being seriously harmed

win/carry the day

to be successful in dealing with opposition or an opponent

work around

to deal successfully with a person or problem that might prevent you from achieving your aim

work out

to solve a problem by considering the facts

work out

to find a satisfactory way of doing something

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