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 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 settleable (audio) , ˈset-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for settle

Synonyms: Verb

lay, sediment

Antonyms: Verb

raise

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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 Average Size of DOJ Mortgage-Related Settlements With Banks Has Shrunk Under the Trump Administration Aspects of how the DOJ came to settle the cases have been recounted. Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Political Appointees Overruled Tougher Settlements With Big Banks," 4 Aug. 2019 This week, The Enquirer reported that the hospital system then called Mercy Health paid $6 million to Armstrong’s family to settle claims that caregiver errors at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital hastened his death Aug. 25, 2012. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Neil Armstrong: Bypass surgery remains risky. But complications like his are rare.," 25 July 2019 Equifax will pay at least $700 million to settle lawsuits and investigations over a 2017 data breach; the FTC was one of the parties. Marcy Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "Feds fine Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations, establish new oversight," 24 July 2019 Consumer reporting agency, Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle a 2017 data breach that left over 150 million people and their private information vulnerable, AP News reported. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Equifax Is Set To Pay A $700 Million Settlement For 2017 Data Breach," 22 July 2019 Indianapolis last month agreed to pay $2.15 million to Gerald Cole to settle a lawsuit stemming from an October 2016 incident. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 2019 The Serco subsidiary earlier agreed to pay about £19.2 million to settle fraud and false accounting charges brought by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Regulator Fines Deloitte Over Audit of Outsourcing Company Unit," 5 July 2019 Baltimore County has agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the family of a young Middle River man who died in 2016, days after an encounter with county police officers and emergency medical workers. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County agrees to pay $1.1M to settle lawsuit alleging excessive police force in death of 21-year-old," 5 Aug. 2019 In 2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man gets federal prison for Ross Stores insider trading," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Futures for August delivery rose 1.1% to $1,423.00 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, on track for its highest settle value since May 2013. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Gold Rises to Six-Year Highs," 3 July 2019 Light, sweet crude for July delivery settled down 5.7% at $57.91 a barrel, marking the biggest percentage loss since Dec. 24 and the lowest settle value since March 12. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Oil Notches Biggest Plunge of 2019 as Demand Concerns Mount," 23 May 2019 That front could set off storms, especially this evening, before hot, steamy air settles in for the balance of the week. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: The hottest week of the year so far begins today, with perhaps some late storms to launch it," 25 June 2019 But as a deepening frost settles in between the Trump administration and Havana, Cuba is instead confronting its worst economic setback in years. Author: Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, "As sanctions bite in Cuba, the U.S. — once a driver of hope — is now a source of pain," 24 June 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 When the dust settles, Democrats are widely expected to have come out ahead in as many as eight of these races. William A. Galston, WSJ, "After the Midterms, Party Strategies Are Set," 6 Nov. 2018 Often, a smart, sweet foreign woman—a 10 in her country—settles for an American two. Casey Wilson, Glamour, "Casey Wilson Wants You to Start Watching 90 Day Fiancé," 25 Mar. 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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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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