Definition of settle down
1 : to become quiet, calm, or orderly Settle down, children. When things settle down here, I'll come for a visit.
2 : to begin to live a quiet and steady life by getting a regular job, getting married, etc. They swore they would never settle down and get married.
3 : to put oneself into a comfortable position He settled down for the night.
4 : to become quiet and begin giving one's attention to something They quickly settled down to their work.
Word by Word Definitions
: to place so as to stay
: to establish in residence
: to furnish with inhabitants : colonize
: a wooden bench with arms, a high solid back, and an enclosed foundation which can be used as a chest
: toward or in a lower physical position
: to a lying or sitting position
: toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom
: down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on
: to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as
: to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down
: occupying a low position
: lying on the ground
: directed or going downward
: descent, depression
: an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)
: a complete play to advance the ball
: a covering of soft fluffy feathers
: these feathers
: something soft and fluffy like down
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