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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.
  • Allowing a few moments of rest will settle the grounds in the coffee.
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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
  • They 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
  • Dave settled himself only with visible effort after the 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
  • She 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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