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settle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of settle

  1. 1 to cause to come to rest at the bottom (as of a liquid) <the light rain will settle the dust in the air> <careful handling will settle the lees in the bottom of the wine bottle> Synonyms lay, sediment Related Words filter, screen, sieve, sift, strain; clarify, clear; resettle Near Antonyms agitate, disturb, mix, stir Antonyms raise

  2. 2 to supply with inhabitants <the region was originally settled by farmers> Synonyms colonize, people, populate Related Words inhabit; move (to), relocate (to) Antonyms depopulate, unpeople

  3. 3 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute) <settled the lawsuit in favor of the defendant> Synonyms adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, decide, determine, referee, rule (on), judge, umpireRelated Words consider, deem, deliberate, hear, ponder, weigh; size up; mediate, moderate, negotiate; prosecute, try; find (for or against); conclude, resolve; redetermine, rejudgeNear Antonyms equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, skirt

  4. 4 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of <settled their wedding plans without any major disagreements> Synonyms agree (on), decide, fix, set, arrangeRelated Words contract, pledge, promise; blueprint, calculate, chart, concert, design, draft, frame, hammer out, intrigue, lay out, maneuver, map (out), plan, program (also programme), schematize, scheme, shape, square away, work out; choose, conclude, determine, figure, opt, resolve; affirm, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, OK (or okay), sanction, warrant; close, complete, end, finalize, finish, round (off or out), wind up, wrap up; bargain, chaffer, deal, dicker, haggle, horse-trade, negotiateNear Antonyms abort, call, call off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, revoke; differ (over), disagree (with); counter, debate, object, oppose, protest, resist; contest, dispute

  5. 5 to come to rest after descending from the air <birds settling on the branches of the maple tree> Synonyms land, light, perch, roost, alight, touch downRelated Words belly-land, crash-landNear Antonyms arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hoverAntonyms blast off, take off

  6. 6 to establish or place comfortably or snugly <settled the sleeping baby into her crib> Synonyms install, lodge, nestle, perch, roost, ensconceRelated Words deploy, emplace, fix, locate, park, plant, position, set, situate, station; anchor, bivouac, camp, camp (out); burrow, curl up, dig in; harbor, house

  7. 7 to free from distress or disturbance <a hot meal settled the children down> Synonyms becalm, compose, lull, lullaby, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], salve, calm, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)Related Words appease, conciliate, hush, mollify, pacify, placate; allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, lay, mitigate, quell, relax, relieve, solace; narcotize, sedate, stupefyNear Antonyms aggravate, heighten, intensify; arouse, excite, foment, incite, rouse, stir (up), work upAntonyms agitate, discompose, disquiet, disturb, key (up), perturb, upset, vex

  8. 8 to gain emotional or mental control of <settled himself only with visible effort after the angry outburst> Synonyms calm, compose, contain, control, re-collect, collectRelated Words hold back, restrain; rally, recover; lull, quiet, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

  9. 9 to give what is owed for <settle a debt> Synonyms ante up, balance, clear, discharge, foot, liquidate, meet, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, pay, spring (for), standAntonyms repudiate

  10. 10 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute <this information should settle the question of who is right> Synonyms decide, determine, nail, clinchRelated Words demonstrate, establish, nail (down), prove, show; affirm, assure, ensure, insure, secure; define, specify, state, stipulate; clarify, clear (up), illuminate; conclude, end, finishNear Antonyms confuse, muddle, muddy, unsettle

  11. 11 to stop the noise or speech of <settled the class with a firm “quiet!”> Synonyms dumb, extinguish, hush, mute, quell, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], silence, shush, shut up, squelch, stillNear Antonyms agitate, stir




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