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Meaning of 'make do with'



 
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Meaning of 'make do with' #1 (permalink) Sun Jan 23, 2005 0:17 am   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

Test No. incompl/inter-76 "Christmas Postman (3)", question 5

I had to ......... do with a bicycle that looked as though it had been hit several times.

(a) try
(b) make
(c) end
(d) take

Test No. incompl/inter-76 "Christmas Postman (3)", answer 5

I had to make do with a bicycle that looked as though it had been hit several times.

Correct answer: (b) make
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Meaning of 'make do with' #2 (permalink) Sun Jan 23, 2005 15:00 pm   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

This means accept because that is the only alternative.
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Make do with #3 (permalink) Sun Jan 23, 2005 18:08 pm   Make do with
 

make do with: make do manage with or with what is available, esp. as an inferior or temporary substitute

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You can say "I am in a hurry so I have to make do with the snack"

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Goody goody #4 (permalink) Mon Jan 24, 2005 2:18 am   Goody goody
 

That's right, this is the acception I knew and understood by make do. Although this meaning Alan is talking about may be used speacially in England.

Am I right Alan?
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Not sure #5 (permalink) Mon Jan 24, 2005 2:20 am   Not sure
 

Is my punctuation right? up above....
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Make/do #6 (permalink) Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:10 pm   Make/do
 

I only know it in the context of British English. A couple of points on spelling: EXCEPTION and SPECIALLY.
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Thanks #7 (permalink) Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:14 am   Thanks
 

About "specially"" you're right but "acception" is exactly what I meant.

Acception as in received meaning.
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Acception #8 (permalink) Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:18 am   Acception
 

Hi,

My apologies for misunderstanding what you wrote. It was the word acception that confused me as it is a very old use of what today would more commonly be acceptance. If I could suggest an alternative to your wording, I would say: this is the accepted use I already knew.

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Meaning of 'make do with' #9 (permalink) Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:37 am   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

Hi,

above you said that "make do with" would apparently only be used in the British English.
So, what would an American use?

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Meaning of 'make do with' #10 (permalink) Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:27 am   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

No one to reply to me please? :-)
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Meaning of 'make do with' #11 (permalink) Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:56 am   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

'Make do' is apparently also used in American English, Johan:

make do
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Meaning of 'make do with' #12 (permalink) Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:57 am   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

Alright, just wanted to make sure!
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Meaning of 'make do with' #13 (permalink) Sat Sep 17, 2011 21:43 pm   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

Hello,
Is this a phrasal verb or idiom ?

make do (with sth)= to manage with sth that it is not really good enough
Exp: We were in a hurry so we have to make do with a quick snack.(OED)

but: there is a phrasal verb in an other dictionary: make do on sth without example.
Does it mean: He can make do on his low wage?

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Meaning of 'make do with' #14 (permalink) Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:10 am   Meaning of 'make do with'
 

Yes, that is a good example of 'make do on'.
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