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To cope or manage to do something without all the resources that one would ideally like to have. "Make do" is often followed by "with" or "without," depending on the context of the sentence. 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 make do with what we have. Since I forgot to pick up milk on the way home, I guess we're just going to have to make do without it. When I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money, but we made do.
make do (with someone or something)
to do as well as possible with someone or something. You'll have to make do with less money next year. The economy is very weak. We'll have to make do with John even though he's a slow worker.
to use what is available although it is not everything you need She's a mother of three who struggles to make do on very little money. The storm knocked down power lines, and we had to make do without electricity.
to manage to live without things you would like to have or with things of a worse quality than you would like (often + with ) When we got married we didn't have any cupboards. We had to make do with wooden boxes. They didn't have much money, but they made do.
Get along with the means available, especially insufficient means. For example, We'll just have to make do with one potato apiece. [c. 1900]
To manage to get along with the means available: had to make do on less income.