do with (something)

do with (something)

To cope or manage to do something without all the resources that one would ideally like to have. We don't have all the spices we need for this recipe, but since the weather is so bad, we're just going to have to do with what we have.

do with someone or something

to do as well as possible with someone or something; to make do with someone or something. I will just have to do with the car I now have. Can she do with just one chair for a while?

done with

finished with someone or something. Mary is done with Bill. She has found another boyfriend. I can't wait until I'm done with school forever. I agree. I'll be glad when we are done with all these exams.
See also: done

do with

Put up or manage with, as in I can do with very little sleep. [Early 1800s] Also see can do with; have to do with.

do with

v.
To manage with something that is not optimal: We don't have time to order new parts; we must do with the parts that we have.