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.
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!
Arden Griffins, who have been chasing Tile Hill Trojans all season almost blew it when they travelled to Aylesford Hawks, but edged home 81-78 after leading by fifteen, and they must content themselves with second place once again.
THERE are two sorts of morning plane passengers in this world - the ones who content themselves with a Pret porridge pot and a coffee, and the ones who go all in with a full English and a pint because your holiday starts now - even if now is 6am.
But 25 to 34-yearolds had to content themselves with four hours and 46 minutes a day.
Gertrude's main achievements were in the early 20th century when women were supposed to content themselves with marriage, children and the home.
But instead they had to content themselves with a session
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).
New Zealand were 63-point favourites against Georgia on Friday evening but had to content themselves with a 43-10 victory.
Metro, who led the table earlier in the year, may have to content themselves with a top-four finish.
Filipino fans of the British quintet One Direction would have to content themselves with watching the group perform without one of its members during the band's performance in Manila on Saturday.
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