There are 2 main definitions of make do in English:

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make do 1

Manage with the limited or inadequate means available: Dad would have to make do with an old car
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  • People with learning difficulties no longer have to make do with what is available.
  • Many more channels are available nowadays, even if some of us still make do with the five.
  • Aided by support staff and by reading specialists, teachers made do with the pedagogical knowledge and skills that were available to them.
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There are 2 main definitions of make do in English:

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make-do 2

Pronunciation: /meɪkˈduː/

adjective

[attributive]
Makeshift; temporary: make-do shelters dotted the landscape
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  • Recreation was not yet a pressing problem since we did not have any free time and were too exhausted for anything other than resting in our make-do shelters.
  • And the Blues' boss is extremely unlikely to tinker around with a mend and make-do loan move, or a temporary quick fix.
  • In any case, we accepted that living in Britain meant being mired in a historical backwater, that our culture was a threadbare, make-do shadow of America's.

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