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settle

verb

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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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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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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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The first known use of settle was in 1515

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“Settle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/settle. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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