settle for


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settle for something

to agree to accept something (even though something else would be better). We wanted a redone, but settled for a blue one. \I\Ask your grocer for Wilson's canned cornthe best corn in cans. Don't settle for less.
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settle for something

to agree to or accept something, although it is not exactly what you want Patients will have to settle for fewer tests because rising costs have made them too expensive.
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settle for

Accept or be satisfied with as a compromise, as in He really wanted a bigger raise but decided to settle for what they offered. [Mid-1900s]
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settle for

v.
To accept something in spite of not being completely satisfied: I had to settle for a lower wage than the one I requested.
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