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do with (something)

To cope or manage to do something without all the resources that one would ideally like to have. We don't have all the spices we need for this recipe, but since the weather is so bad, we're just going to have to do with what we have.

do with someone or something

to do as well as possible with someone or something; to make do with someone or something. I will just have to do with the car I now have. Can she do with just one chair for a while?

do with

Put up or manage with, as in I can do with very little sleep. [Early 1800s] Also see can do with; have to do with.

do with

To manage with something that is not optimal: We don't have time to order new parts; we must do with the parts that we have.
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From here, there are a lot of things we can do with the technology, but that alone is a huge market space for us.
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It's not only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity.
By this time I had very little to do with the animation department.
The answer has as much to do with business as with technology.
But it also had to do with the fact that we had begun to dramatize the poetry in a very free and innovative way, and as people heard what we were doing, they were attracted to us.
ya Salaam: Part of that had to do with the fact that most of these writers were not coming out of college, and didn't have a writing background.
Does it have something to do with the current spiritual revival in this country?
The reasons have as much to do with technology as economics.