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make do



Definitions

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make do
     1. v. (intransitive, idiomatic, informal) To survive, get by (with), or use whatever is available (due to lack of resources).
           There is barely enough money, so we will have to make do with what we have.
     2. v. (transitive, informal) To put into action.
           Make the movie do! (Put on the movie!)
           Brandon’s makin’ the grill do so we can get to eatin’.
     3. v. (transitive, informal) To use for one's purpose something worn, defective, or intended for another purpose.
Analysis
make
     1. v. To create.
     2. v.          To build, construct, or produce.
                   We made a bird feeder for our yard.
                   I'll make a man out of him yet.
     3. v.          To write or compose.
do
     1. v. (auxiliary) A syntactic marker
     2. v.          (auxiliary) A syntactic marker in a question whose main verb is not another auxiliary verb or be.
                   Do you go there often?
     3. v.          (auxiliary) A syntactic marker in negations with the indicative and imperative moods.
                   I do not go there often.

Example Sentences

You have to make do with what you have. 
I'm afraid we'll have to make do with muffins. 
It was an open room, slightly hexagonal in shape, and we just had to make do

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