settle for (something)

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settle for (something)

To accept something less ideal or worse than what one really wanted. I had dreams of being an author, but I settled for a job editing other people's manuscripts. We had our eye on a gorgeous four-bedroom house, but it was too much money, so we had to settle for something smaller.
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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

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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That sounds a lot like making their loyalists settle for something less.
As all translators realize, we search for le mot juste, knowing we must settle for something that merely approaches it.
But everyone was confused, as the tech gap between iPhone 8 and iPhone X was huge , which led many to wonder why they should settle for something that will be very soon outdated and old-fashioned -- the iPhone 8.
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During winter holidays and celebrations,, do you often struggle to find the perfect gift for loved ones, only to settle for something else just so you can cross them off your shopping list?
The key to this idea working is to not settle for something like, 'We want them to say good things,'" Calloway writes.
If this really was the late 1930s, Joanne would have to tune into her radio and settle for something like the Do-Do broadcasts, a sponsored medication programme "for asthma sufferers" on Radio Luxembourg.
If someone's joy comes from the tears of another, you must admit it and settle for something less than pure consensus.
PBA president and chief executive Chito Salud believes the time has come for Gilas Pilipinas to settle for something more than silver linings in the international scene.
A country with a literacy rate of over 94 percent sadly has to settle for something unenviable by any means.
They are not prepared, they say, to settle for something that is merely ordinary.
OLLY Robinson is targeting a first team place at big-spending Bristol next term but when pre-season begins in a few weeks he'll settle for something a more modest - a kind word from his dad.
This vehicle shows exactly what I tell the guys coming back from war with critical injuries: Just because you've been injured doesn't mean you have to change or settle for something that's not you," DeLancey says.
Yet single-mindedness and dedication are traits to be admired in an era where so many players are prepared to settle for something less than their best because the trappings of stardom have already arrived.