settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈse-tᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling\ ˈset-​liŋ How to pronounce settle (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 down marry and settle down
5a : 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
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

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Other Words from settle

Verb

settleable \ ˈse-​tᵊl-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce settle (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 bank subsequently agreed to pay $97 million in restitution to about 1.4 million customers and a $25 million civil penalty to settle allegations brought by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's Credit Human Federal Credit Union hit with class-action lawsuit over overdraft fees," 14 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Republican leaders in Utah are calling for legislation that would settle the question of the monument’s boundaries. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘We will circle all the wagons’ — Newly obtained emails show San Juan County’s push to reduce Bears Ears," 8 Apr. 2021 According to Russell, the average time to settle for a collaborative divorce case is three to six months. Ginger Gentile, Forbes, "Win Your Divorce By Staying Out Of Court," 8 Apr. 2021 The trial in Baltimore became a fresh battleground to settle old scores. al, "G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate operative turned talk show host, dead at 90," 30 Mar. 2021 Putin has always characterized his younger self as a thug, quick-tempered and vengeful, the kind to settle disputes with a sidewalk brawl. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How Biden Rattled Putin," 19 Mar. 2021 Cook County commissioners in November approved a $14 million payout to settle the suit. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Reform advocate Sharone Mitchell’s appointment as Cook County public defender made official," 18 Mar. 2021 July is the perfect time to settle into a groove of good health and helpful habits that may bring you permanent benefits. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 10, 2021: Happy birthday Jon Hamm; Capricorn, divvy up tasks," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Full and feeling good, a slow walk back to the cottage helped the delicacies of the night settle. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "Designer Cottages, a Charming Town, and Mouthwatering Lobster Await at One of America’s Best Inns," 8 Mar. 2021 If that is the way the world works today, then your trip to the top of the mountain to ask the guru will have to be delayed (COVID, of course), and all of us are going to have settle for finding more crevices. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why busy people need to take time to reflect," 26 Oct. 2020 Her 8-year-old and 10-year-old settle into chairs and use a hotspot to connect to the Internet. Washington Post, "Left without school or day care, farmworkers are bringing their kids to work," 15 Oct. 2020 Particles denser than fuel settle in pockets and corners of low-velocity flow, and there are many low-velocity pockets between the gas tank and the engine. Matt Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Can Sugar Destroy a Car's Engine?," 12 July 2020 The front porch is a study spot, a selfie studio, a home gym and a lookout place for familiar faces as evening settles. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "Portraits from the porch: An ode to the heroism of staying home," 19 May 2020 When the dust from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak settles, Cleveland’s government and private landlords may need to help businesses stay afloat, a councilman said. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland may need to aid businesses as they weather the coronavirus fallout, councilman says," 26 Mar. 2020 Confidence: Medium-High A LOOK AHEAD Refreshingly cooler high pressure settles in for a partly to mostly sunny Friday and Saturday. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Sizzling heat today with record highs likely, then starting to feel more like fall," 2 Oct. 2019 As the dust thrown up by Brexit settles, a dozen or so volunteers are refocusing on the museum, which will likely take years to finish. Max Colchester, WSJ, "You Thought Brexit Was Hard. Try Starting a Museum in Its Honor.," 26 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Settle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/settle. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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settle

verb

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

Medical Definition of settle

intransitive verb

of an animal : conceive

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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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