Is it proper to use suffice as an equivalent of make do with, as in: "to suffice with"?
"To suffice with this description would ignore its context."
Is that a legitimate sentence structure?
Random House Dictionary has both transitive and intransitive verbs:
- to be enough or adequate
- to be enough or adequate for; to satisfy
Yet the etymology includes a variation of to make, do which seems to be the source of our idiom to make do (with). In which case it would seem proper to use
I would suffice with that explanation. God’s speech suffices for creation throughout the first week. But to suffice with this description would ignore the hermeneutical context.