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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Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
When Jurgis would ask them what they meant, they would begin to get suspicious, and content themselves with saying, "Never mind, you stay here and see for yourself.
persons are obliged to content themselves with flowers in pots; there lived two little children, who had a garden somewhat larger than a flower-pot.
At one place the natives had just returned from hunting, and had brought back a large quantity of elk and deer meat, but asked so high a price for it as to be beyond the funds of the travellers, so they had to content themselves with dog's flesh.
But 25 to 34-yearolds had to content themselves with four hours and 46 minutes a day.
While his 'nasty' coactors content themselves with arch and cool stereotypes, 'old' Eddie strives to understand, identify with and embody his character's lifelong desire to become as rich and powerful as possible-at all (illegal) costs!
Gertrude's main achievements were in the early 20th century when women were supposed to content themselves with marriage, children and the home.
Tynemouth (194-9) had to content themselves with a draw at Benwell Hill (134-8) but there were wins for Whitburn, by 47 runs over Eppleton, and Hetton Lyons, who defeated South Shields by eight wickets thanks to an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 201 by Chris Martin (103 from 38 balls) and skipper Jarvis Clay (95 from 114 balls).
Martin Sajdik, the OSCE Chairpersons Special Representative in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, said that the sides must not content themselves with blaming each other.
New Zealand were 63-point favourites against Georgia on Friday evening but had to content themselves with a 43-10 victory.
But the coast is a long way from Bilston, so fans of Mr Lyon and the Jukes must content themselves with the stage act and the music.
But for now, passengers will have to content themselves with using PDA features that do not require Internet access, at least if they are on a JetBlue flight or are flying below 10,000 feet.
However, regarding the lawfulness of that decision, European judges must content themselves with verifying that there is no manifest error.
The Wrexham band have never been one to content themselves with making feet move.
After trekking a lung-busting 1,982ft to the summit of Pulpit Rock in Norway, most tourists content themselves with just enjoying the stunning view from the plateau.
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