content (oneself) with (someone or something)

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content (oneself) with (someone or something)

To be happy or satisfied with something, often something that is lacking or disappointing in some way. In order to get health insurance, I had to abandon acting and content myself with a boring office job. If you're trying to save money, you'll need to content yourself with the clothes you already own.
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content oneself with someone or something

to be satisfied with (usually less of) someone or something. You will just have to learn to content yourself with fewer nice vacations now that you have kids entering college.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If we desert this boundary and content ourselves with leaving to the States an exclusive power of taxing houses and lands, there would still be a great disproportion between the MEANS and the END; the possession of one third of the resources of the community to supply, at most, one tenth of its wants.
--We will content ourselves with crooked, Mrs Jiniwin.'
We'll likely have to content ourselves with a shabby little place on some street whereon live people whom to know is to be unknown, and make life inside compensate for the outside."
For the present we must content ourselves with the fact that the memory-image can be explained by habit.
We will content ourselves with the fragments of the book of Hermes which we have here.
As it is not our intention to give a journal of the siege, but on the contrary only to describe such of the events of it as are connected with the story we are relating, we will content ourselves with saying in two words that the expedition succeeded, to the great astonishment of the king and the great glory of the cardinal.
And I began, half dreaming, to weary myself with imagining some fit parentage for him; and, repeating my waking meditations, I tracked his existence over again, with grim variations; at last, picturing his death and funeral: of which, all I can remember is, being exceedingly vexed at having the task of dictating an inscription for his monument, and consulting the sexton about it; and, as he had no surname, and we could not tell his age, we were obliged to content ourselves with the single word, 'Heathcliff.' That came true: we were.
"It's better to learn wisdom before you get into a cookin'-pot; so we will content ourselves with hopin' that there is no trouble waitin' for us, and at the same time we will act as if there were.
He came, and as far as possible, I renewed our old pleasure of making tete-a-tete excursions, though, instead of mountains and glacers and the wide blue lake, we had to content ourselves with mere slopes and ponds and artificial plantations.
At times we were almost dis- posed to give up, and try to content ourselves with our wretched lot; at others, we were firm and un- bending in our determination to go.
Edillon said the principle of 'leaving no one behind' means "having to content ourselves with fewer wants so that the needs of others can be met', and cited a people-focused and people-centered development plan across all sectors.
We never content ourselves with 'good enough' when it comes to the security of our customers.
And do those of us who purport to teach and preach the faith content ourselves with doctrine and orthodoxy, or do we take the risk to be prophetic voices challenging social injustice in the world?
But Russia is too strong to go to war with anyway, so we have to content ourselves with imposing a few more sanctions and hosting fewer of their spies.
If the government's foreign policy on China does not change, my friend warns, we shouldn't be surprised if we wake up one day with only business crumbs left for us to content ourselves with. No wonder then why these Chinese visitors are viewed by many Filipinos with caution and contempt.
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