re·​set·​tle (ˌ)rē-ˈse-tᵊl How to pronounce resettle (audio)
resettled; resettling

transitive verb

transitive : to settle (someone or something) again or anew
especially : to move (people) to a new place to live
efforts to resettle refugees
intransitive : to become settled again or anew (as after disturbance or upheaval)
The family resettled in the United States.
resettlement noun
plural resettlements
the resettlement of refugees
a resettlement program

Examples of resettle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, their life experiences are not representative of the vast majority of the 34,000 North Koreans who have resettled in the South since 1998, most of whom are women and have not received university education. Michelle Lee, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 This is a $25 million program aimed at resettling 1,250 families. James Barron, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Sojourner Truth was interested in resettling the migrants in the West. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Far-right members of Netanyahu's government have called for them to be resettled elsewhere, which critics say would amount to ethnic cleansing. TIME, 10 Jan. 2024 The family resettled just over a mile away, in a makeshift structure of cinder block, concrete and sheet metal at the end of a winding dirt road. Sufian Taha, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 And whereas the New York program is aimed at moving migrants outside of New York City, the Illinois program lets migrants resettle in Chicago as well as elsewhere in Illinois. James Barron, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 As a result, the state is resettling migrants in only five of its 62 counties: Albany, Erie, Monroe, Suffolk and Westchester. Wesley Parnell Dave Sanders, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2024 The agreement would create a new refugee category to evacuate and resettle Afghans abroad who assisted the U.S. military. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resettle was in 1545

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“Resettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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