settle (someone or something) down

phrasal verb

settled (someone or something) down; settling (someone or something) down; settles (someone or something) down
: to make (someone or something) quiet, calm, or orderly
He managed to settle the dog down long enough to give her the medicine.

Examples of settle (someone or something) down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the entire universe is constantly undergoing this out-of-control rapid expansion, but pieces of it branch off and settle down into something more sedate. Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2023 When Gemini is finally ready to settle down, however, Capricorn is that partner who will provide the home, family, and structure of a lifelong partnership. Women's Health, 14 Mar. 2023 But after hopping around from Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, the couple decided to settle down in Montecito, California. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2023 As the war grinds on, Ukrainians in Wroclaw are no longer fleeing for their lives but, often helped by Polish-speaking compatriots who emigrated before the war, trying to settle down. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2023 There’s also a warming zone to keep food hot while all members of the family settle down at the dinner table. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2023 Winds settle down with a midday breeze from the west only up to around 10 mph. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2023 Perhaps the most shadowy subcategory of all was colonizing crew, the solo male migrants who did not settle down and marry white women. James Belich, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2023 More than just adjusting defensively, though, the early timeout helped Auburn settle down offensively after Cardwell’s turnover. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 11 Jan. 2023

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“Settle (someone or something) down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/settle%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20down. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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