settle for (something)

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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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Don't settle for something because that is next to your house," she said.
'Government has again asked for 10 to 15 days to meet our demands but we will only settle for something substantial, nothing less than a notification,' said Kalairi.
I would rather settle for something where I will be given the scenario so I can paraphrase.'
Why settle for something which is worse than remaining in the EU?
I saw an ambitious individual being stripped off her right to education and being told to settle for something she didn't want, and nobody objecting to it.
The North Koreans may have thought this would be enough to convince Trump to settle for something unreasonable.
Patel would certainly settle for something similar to Warwickshire's only previous visit to Colwyn Bay, in 2005, when they won by ten wickets.
As an artist, I believe you should continue doing experimental work and should not settle for something less than perfect.
That sounds a lot like making their loyalists settle for something less.
As all translators realize, we search for le mot juste, knowing we must settle for something that merely approaches it.
But everyone was confused, as the tech gap between iPhone 8 and iPhone X was huge , which led many to wonder why they should settle for something that will be very soon outdated and old-fashioned -- the iPhone 8.
During winter holidays and celebrations,, do you often struggle to find the perfect gift for loved ones, only to settle for something else just so you can cross them off your shopping list?
"The key to this idea working is to not settle for something like, 'We want them to say good things,'" Calloway writes.
If this really was the late 1930s, Joanne would have to tune into her radio and settle for something like the Do-Do broadcasts, a sponsored medication programme "for asthma sufferers" on Radio Luxembourg.
If someone's joy comes from the tears of another, you must admit it and settle for something less than pure consensus.