settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈse-tᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling\ ˈset-​liŋ How to pronounce settling (audio) , ˈse-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of settle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place so as to stay
2a : to establish in residence
b : to furnish with inhabitants : colonize
3a : to cause to pack down
b : to clarify by causing dregs or impurities to sink
4 : to make quiet or orderly
5a : 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 (something, such 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
2a : to sink gradually or to the bottom
b : to become clear by the deposit of sediment or scum
c : to become compact by sinking
3a : 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
4a : to become quiet or orderly
b : to take up an ordered or stable life often used with downmarry and settle down
5a : to adjust differences or accounts
b : to come to a decision used with on or uponsettled on a new plan
c : to conclude a lawsuit by agreement out of court
6 of an animal : conceive
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

settle

noun

Definition of settle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from settle

Verb

settleable \ ˈse-​tᵊl-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce settleable (audio) , ˈset-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for settle

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of settle in a Sentence

Verb They were determined to settle the dispute before going home for the day. The two sides have settled their differences. We need to settle this question once and for all. That settles it. I can't take the day off from work, so I'm not going. His grandparents were immigrants from Germany who settled in Pennsylvania. He always thought he'd leave the city and settle in the country. the people who settled the West
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The eight families will settle into their new homes in 2021 — about the time Seligman turns 100. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "‘Project of my heart’: How 98-year-old fought to get affordable housing built on his SF property," 12 Nov. 2019 Cold weather settles in on Tuesday, with highs in the upper 20s in both Akron and Cleveland. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Winter storm watch on horizon for Cuyahoga County, snow belt areas: Cleveland, Akron weather," 11 Nov. 2019 To correct this, Boeing settled on a software feature called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 Regular customers settled into their booths as the duo recalled their years of self medication, anger and trauma. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Vietnam veteran counsels San Antonio military veterans and invests in old West Side neighborhood," 11 Nov. 2019 The Senators settled for a field goal and couldn’t close the gap to one score. Al.com Reports, al, "Hoover beats Sparkman as QB Robby Ashford returns," 9 Nov. 2019 Iowa settled for a 24-yard field goal from Keith Duncan for a 3-0 lead with 7:38 left in the quarter. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 24, Iowa 22: The final minutes included a big stop, then a huge drive," 9 Nov. 2019 Cold settled over the city as the thick, toxic smoke from the fire blotted out the day. Tessa Love, Longreads, "California Burning," 8 Nov. 2019 Winona settled for a 29-yard field goal from Bryan Cassellius for a 10-7 lead. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "State football: Winona advances with sloppy win over Simley," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But now, unseasonably cold temperatures for late October settle in behind the snow. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Snow ends, but record-cold October temperature possible tonight," 30 Oct. 2019 Kids are still on summer break and the working world is finally using their vacation time to soak up the late summer rays before fall settles in. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Calling All Travelers: These Are the Official TSA Liquid Rules," 31 July 2019 Wood fits into the upside category and settles in as a frontcourt option behind Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing the Detroit Pistons roster and predicting the depth chart," 22 July 2019 Disappointment from Dettori fans and excited shrieks from Deirdre backers bubble around the grandstands, but soon the genteel air settles and conversations resume. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Goodwood brings glorious end to English social season," 8 Aug. 2019 Let the actress's natural waves be your hair inspiration ‘til the cool September air settles in. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Rachel Brosnahan Steps Out With Carrie Bradshaw Curls in New York City," 30 July 2019 Kids won't get to play on the playground for another few days until the concrete settles. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Volunteers build east Indianapolis church a playground in one day," 18 July 2019 Overnight success Night deepens, and calm settles over the water near the city campground. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Working the night shift: Snagging salmon in Seward," 11 June 2019 As the stellar dust settles, the remains include a neutron star or a black hole. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Two white dwarfs collide, may end up as neutron star," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of settle

Verb

1515, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for settle

Verb

Middle English, to seat, bring to rest, come to rest, from Old English setlan, from setl seat

Noun

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

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More Definitions for settle

settle

verb
How to pronounce settle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of settle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

settle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of settle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈse-tᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling

Kids Definition of settle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 sense 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.

settle

noun

Kids Definition of settle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈset-ᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling

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settle

verb
set·​tle
settled; settling

Legal Definition of settle

transitive verb

1 : to resolve conclusively settle a question of law
2 : to establish or secure permanently a settled legal principle
3 : close settle the sale of securities settle the estate
4 : to resolve a disagreement about (a court order) no hearing to consider these objections and to settle the order had been conductedSaba v. Gray, 314 N.W.2d 597 (1981)
5a : to fix (a price) by mutual agreement
b : to conclude (a lawsuit) by entering into an agreement negotiated by the parties usually out of court
c : to close (as an account) by payment also : to close by compromise and payment of less than the full amount claimed or due

intransitive verb

1 : to conclude a lawsuit by entering into an agreement the plaintiff chose to settle out of court
2 : to make a settlement of a transfer of funds
3 : to adjust differences or accounts settled with his creditors

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