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settle

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1 to cause to come to rest at the bottom (as of a liquid)

  • the light rain will settle the dust in the air
  • careful handling will settle the lees in the bottom of the wine bottle
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2 to supply with inhabitants

  • the region was originally settled by farmers
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3 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute)

  • settled the lawsuit in favor of the defendant
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4 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of

  • settled their wedding plans without any major disagreements
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dispose of

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5 to come to rest after descending from the air

  • birds settling on the branches of the maple tree
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6 to establish or place comfortably or snugly

  • settled the sleeping baby into her crib
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7 to free from distress or disturbance

  • a hot meal settled the children down
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8 to gain emotional or mental control of

  • settled himself only with visible effort after the angry outburst
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9 to give what is owed for

  • settle a debt
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10 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute

  • this information should settle the question of who is right
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11 to stop the noise or speech of

  • settled the class with a firm "quiet!"
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Synonym Discussion of settle

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

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