settle for (something)

settle for (something)

To accept something less ideal or worse than what one really wanted. 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.
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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 cornthe best corn in cans. Don't settle for less.
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settle for

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]
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settle for

v.
To accept something in spite of not being completely satisfied: I had to settle for a lower wage than the one I requested.
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