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settle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of settle

  1. 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 Synonyms of settle lay, sediment Words Related to settle filter, screen, sieve, sift, strain; clarify, clear; resettle Near Antonyms of settle agitate, disturb, mix, stir Antonyms of settle raise

  2. 2 to supply with inhabitants the region was originally settled by farmers Synonyms of settle colonize, people, populate Words Related to settle inhabit; move (to), relocate (to) Antonyms of settle depopulate, unpeople

  3. 3 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute) settled the lawsuit in favor of the defendant Synonyms of settle adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, decide, determine, referee, rule (on), judge, umpireWords Related to settle consider, deem, deliberate, hear, ponder, weigh; size up; mediate, moderate, negotiate; prosecute, try; find (for or against); conclude, resolve; redetermine, rejudgeNear Antonyms of settle equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, skirt

  4. 4 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of settled their wedding plans without any major disagreements Synonyms of settle agree (on), decide, fix, set, arrangeWords Related to settle contract, pledge, promise; blueprint, calculate, chart, concert, design, draft, frame, hammer out, intrigue, lay out, maneuver, map (out), plan, program (also programme), schematize, scheme, shape, square away, work out; choose, conclude, determine, figure, opt, resolve; affirm, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, OK (or okay), sanction, warrant; close, complete, end, finalize, finish, round (off or out), wind up, wrap up; bargain, chaffer, deal, dicker, haggle, horse-trade, negotiateNear Antonyms of settle abort, call, call off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, revoke; differ (over), disagree (with); counter, debate, object, oppose, protest, resist; contest, dispute

  5. 5 to come to rest after descending from the air birds settling on the branches of the maple tree Synonyms of settle land, light, perch, roost, alight, touch downWords Related to settle belly-land, crash-landNear Antonyms of settle arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hoverAntonyms of settle blast off, take off

  6. 6 to establish or place comfortably or snugly settled the sleeping baby into her crib Synonyms of settle install, lodge, nestle, perch, roost, ensconceWords Related to settle deploy, emplace, fix, locate, park, plant, position, set, situate, station; anchor, bivouac, camp, camp (out); burrow, curl up, dig in; harbor, house

  7. 7 to free from distress or disturbance a hot meal settled the children down Synonyms of settle becalm, compose, lull, lullaby, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], salve, calm, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)Words Related to settle appease, conciliate, hush, mollify, pacify, placate; allay, alleviate, assuage, ease, lay, mitigate, quell, relax, relieve, solace; narcotize, sedate, stupefyNear Antonyms of settle aggravate, heighten, intensify; arouse, excite, foment, incite, rouse, stir (up), work upAntonyms of settle agitate, discompose, disquiet, disturb, key (up), perturb, upset, vex

  8. 8 to gain emotional or mental control of settled himself only with visible effort after the angry outburst Synonyms of settle calm, compose, contain, control, re-collect, collectWords Related to settle hold back, restrain; rally, recover; lull, quiet, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

  9. 9 to give what is owed for settle a debt Synonyms of settle ante up, balance, clear, discharge, foot, liquidate, meet, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, pay, spring (for), standAntonyms of settle repudiate

  10. 10 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute this information should settle the question of who is right Synonyms of settle decide, determine, nail, clinchWords Related to settle demonstrate, establish, nail (down), prove, show; affirm, assure, ensure, insure, secure; define, specify, state, stipulate; clarify, clear (up), illuminate; conclude, end, finishNear Antonyms of settle confuse, muddle, muddy, unsettle

  11. 11 to stop the noise or speech of settled the class with a firm “quiet!” Synonyms of settle dumb, extinguish, hush, mute, quell, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], silence, shush, shut up, squelch, stillNear Antonyms of settle agitate, stir

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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