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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Since we cannot hope for reward, let us be content with what we have."
It was unsatisfactory, and I could not imagine that she would be content with me; I was not content with myself.
I think now that he was wise not to care for the advancement which most of us have our hearts set upon, and that it was one of his finest qualities that he was content with a lot in life where he was not exempt from work with his hands, and yet where he was not so pressed by need but he could give himself at will not only to the things of the spirit, but the things of the mind too.
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