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settling

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

settling

verb
present participle of settle

Synonyms & Antonyms of settling (Entry 2 of 2)

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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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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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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The first known use of settling was in 1594

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settles (on or upon)

settling

settling (down)

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“Settling.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/settling. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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