settle on/upon (something)

phrasal verb

settled on/upon (something); settling on/upon (something); settles on/upon (something)
: to choose (something or someone) after thinking about other possible choices
We finally settled on a soft yellow for the kitchen walls.
Hours later, they settled on a plan.

Examples of settle on/upon (something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dust won’t officially settle on the showdown until Tuesday when final numbers are reported, but for now at least Warner Bros. has the No. 1 movie in the country. Lindsey Bahr, Fortune, 27 May 2024 My Ugly Face, which is also the film’s French title) and can’t even settle on which font to use. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 For readers of historical fiction, there’s no need to settle on just one place or period when journeying into the past. Mia Barzilay Freund, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2024 The former New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers quarterback sorted through his group of suitors to settle on Jessica Bowlin in the finale. Madeline Boardman,, 26 Mar. 2024 Though Cache’s sentencing was finalized, her case is still being heard in Contra Costa Court, as the parties settle on a figure for victim restitution. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 The emergency rule that became effective Friday will be in place for 120 days, until lawmakers and state officials can settle on approving a permanent rule, a more cumbersome process that requires a public comment period. Michael R. Wickline,, 15 Mar. 2024 On March 5, Californians will vote in a nonpartisan blanket primary to settle on two of these candidates to face off against each other in November. Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 Feb. 2024 In the business world, conventional wisdom says an organization’s culture evolves over time—often taking months or even years to settle on a set of operating principles. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024

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“Settle on/upon (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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