There are 2 definitions of make do in English:

make do1

Manage with the limited or inadequate means available: Dad would have to make do with an old car
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
scrape by, get by, manage, cope, survive, muddle through, improvise, make ends meet, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water
informal make out
(make do with)make the best of, get by on, put up with
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Pronunciation: əˈnämələs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected

There are 2 definitions of make do in English:

make-do2

Syllabification: make-do
Pronunciation: /ˌmākˈdo͞o
 
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adjective

[attributive]
Makeshift, ad hoc, or temporary: his make-do clothes and borrowed tie
More example sentences
  • 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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