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1settle

verb set·tle \ˈse-təl\

: to end (something, such as an argument) by reaching an agreement

: to make a final decision about (something)

: to move to a place and make it your home

set·tledset·tling \ˈset-liŋ, ˈse-təl-iŋ\

Full Definition of SETTLE

transitive verb
1
:  to place so as to stay
2
a :  to establish in residence
b :  to furnish with inhabitants :  colonize
3
a :  to cause to pack down
b :  to clarify by causing dregs or impurities to sink
4
:  to make quiet or orderly
5
a :  to fix or resolve conclusively <settle the question>
b :  to establish or secure permanently <settle the order of royal succession>
c :  to conclude (a lawsuit) by agreement between parties usually out of court
d :  to close (as an account) by payment often of less than is due
6
:  to arrange in a desired position
7
:  to make or arrange for final disposition of <settled his affairs>
8
of an animal :  impregnate
intransitive verb
1
:  to come to rest
2
a :  to sink gradually or to the bottom
b :  to become clear by the deposit of sediment or scum
c :  to become compact by sinking
3
a :  to become fixed, resolved, or established <a cold settled in his chest>
b :  to establish a residence or colony <settled in Wisconsin> —often used with down
4
a :  to become quiet or orderly
b :  to take up an ordered or stable life —often used with down <marry and settle down>
5
a :  to adjust differences or accounts
b :  to come to a decision —used with on or upon <settled on a new plan>
c :  to conclude a lawsuit by agreement out of court
6
of an animal :  conceive
set·tle·able \ˈse-təl-ə-bəl, ˈset-lə-bəl\ adjective
settle for
:  to be content with
settle one's hash
:  to silence or subdue someone by decisive action
settle the stomach
:  to remove or relieve the distress or nausea of indigestion

Examples of SETTLE

  1. They were determined to settle the dispute before going home for the day.
  2. The two sides have settled their differences.
  3. We need to settle this question once and for all.
  4. That settles it. I can't take the day off from work, so I'm not going.
  5. His grandparents were immigrants from Germany who settled in Pennsylvania.
  6. He always thought he'd leave the city and settle in the country.
  7. the people who settled the West

Illustration of SETTLE

Origin of SETTLE

Middle English, to seat, bring to rest, come to rest, from Old English setlan, from setl seat
First Known Use: 1515

Related to SETTLE

Synonym Discussion of SETTLE

decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy <she decided to sell her house>. determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something <determined the cause of the problem>. settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty <the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy>. rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority <the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible>. resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something <he resolved to quit smoking>.

2settle

noun

: a long wooden bench with arms, a high solid back, and often with space under the seat which can be used to store things

Full Definition of SETTLE

:  a wooden bench with arms, a high solid back, and an enclosed foundation which can be used as a chest

Illustration of SETTLE

Origin of SETTLE

Middle English, place for sitting, seat, chair, from Old English setl; akin to Old High German sezzal seat, Latin sella seat, chair, Old English sittan to sit
First Known Use: 1553

Rhymes with SETTLE

SETTLED Defined for Kids

1settle

verb set·tle \ˈse-təl\
set·tledset·tling

Definition of SETTLE for Kids

1
:  to come to rest <Birds settled on a branch.> <Dust settled on the table.>
2
:  to make a home <I'd like to settle in the country.>
3
:  to make quiet :  calm <The tea settled my nerves.>
4
:  decide 1 <It's settled then—we'll each pay our own way.>
5
:  to place so as to stay <I settled myself in a chair.>
6
:  to sink gradually to a lower level <The foundations of the house settled.>
7
:  to sink in a liquid
8
:  to give attention to <Settle down to work now.>
9
:  to fix by agreement <They are hoping to settle the case out of court.>
10
:  to put in order <They settled their affairs.>
11
:  to complete payment on <Waiter, we're ready to settle our bill.>
12
:  to bring to an end <They settled their argument.>
13
:  to take up a stable life <You're not a kid anymore. It's time to settle down.>
14
:  to be content with <He settled for his second choice.>

2settle

noun

Definition of SETTLE for Kids

:  a long wooden bench with arms and a high solid back
Medical Dictionary

settle

verb set·tle \ˈset-əl\
set·tledset·tling

Medical Definition of SETTLE

transitive verb
of an animal :  impregnate 1a
intransitive verb
of an animal :  conceive

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