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"settle for sth" in British English

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settle for sth

phrasal verb with settle uk   /ˈset.l̩/  us   /ˈset̬-/ verb
to ​accept or ​agree to something, or to ​decide to have something, ​although it is not ​exactly what you ​want or it is not the ​best: They were ​hoping to ​selltheircar for £2,000, but ​settled for £1,500. He ​wants a ​fullrefund and he won't ​settle for anything less. She never ​settles for second ​best.
(Definition of settle for sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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settle for sth

phrasal verb with settle uk   us   /ˈsetl/ verb
to ​accept something that is less than you hoped for: They ​asked for a 5% ​salaryincrease, but had to ​settle for 3%.
(Definition of settle for sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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