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settle for (someone or something)
To accept someone or something less ideal or satisfactory than one desires. I had dreams of being an author, but I settled for a job editing other people's manuscripts. We had our eye on a gorgeous four-bedroom house, but it was too much money, so we had to settle for something smaller. We just worry that you're settling for someone you don't truly love because you're afraid of being alone.
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settle for something
to agree to accept something (even though something else would be better). We wanted a redone, but settled for a blue one. \I\Ask your grocer for Wilson's canned corn—the best corn in cans. Don't settle for less.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Accept or be satisfied with as a compromise, as in He really wanted a bigger raise but decided to settle for what they offered. [Mid-1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To accept something in spite of not being completely satisfied: I had to settle for a lower wage than the one I requested.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.