settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈse-tᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling\ ˈset-​liŋ How to pronounce settle (audio) , ˈse-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of settle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place so as to stay
2a : to establish in residence
b : to furnish with inhabitants : colonize
3a : to cause to pack down
b : to clarify by causing dregs or impurities to sink
4 : to make quiet or orderly
5a : to fix or resolve conclusively settle the question
b : to establish or secure permanently settle the order of royal succession
c : to conclude (a lawsuit) by agreement between parties usually out of court
d : to close (something, such as an account) by payment often of less than is due
6 : to arrange in a desired position
7 : to make or arrange for final disposition of settled his affairs
8 of an animal : impregnate

intransitive verb

1 : to come to rest
2a : to sink gradually or to the bottom
b : to become clear by the deposit of sediment or scum
c : to become compact by sinking
3a : to become fixed, resolved, or established a cold settled in his chest
b : to establish a residence or colony settled in Wisconsin often used with down
4a : to become quiet or orderly
b : to take up an ordered or stable life often used with down marry and settle down
5a : to adjust differences or accounts
b : to come to a decision used with on or upon settled on a new plan
c : to conclude a lawsuit by agreement out of court
6 of an animal : conceive
settle for
: to be content with
settle one's hash
: to silence or subdue someone by decisive action
settle the stomach
: to remove or relieve the distress or nausea of indigestion

settle

noun

Definition of settle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wooden bench with arms, a high solid back, and an enclosed foundation which can be used as a chest

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Noun

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Other Words from settle

Verb

settleable \ ˈse-​tᵊl-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce settle (audio) , ˈset-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for settle

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of settle in a Sentence

Verb They were determined to settle the dispute before going home for the day. The two sides have settled their differences. We need to settle this question once and for all. That settles it. I can't take the day off from work, so I'm not going. His grandparents were immigrants from Germany who settled in Pennsylvania. He always thought he'd leave the city and settle in the country. the people who settled the West
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cop Joe is afraid to settle down, after watching his mother lose her husband back in 2001. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Michigan and Rutgers played one of the more entertaining games of the Big Ten season last year as the two teams went a few extra frames to settle the decision, a 48-42 Michigan victory in the 3rd overtime. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 20 Sep. 2021 The deal also created a $1.9 billion trust to settle claims and refurbish the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 The Tide gave up a program-worst 647 offensive yards against the Rebels, but the defense found a way to settle down after that game and was plenty competent as part of Alabama’s undefeated national championship season. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2021 Killings are often blamed on hard-line women who take advantage of the fragile security to enforce their strictures and settle scores. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 Amy just wants Rosa to be happy, even if that means Rosa doesn’t want to settle down. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 Reminiscent of the streaming wars that affected music artists in the 2010s, entities involved in gaming have yet to settle just how the economic pie should be divided. Lee Trink, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Every few years, the expectations for how a pair of jeans should settle on your body change. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On defense, the Bruins will lean on a veteran linebacking unit led by Dom Downs while newcomers along the line and in the secondary settle in. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Log houses this heavy settle in their early years, Olinyk said. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 Change value during other periods is calculated as the difference between the last trade and the most recent settle. WSJ, 7 Aug. 2021 Prices slipped again Monday, to $74.10 a barrel, which is still the fourth highest settle value this year. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 12 July 2021 The international benchmark, Brent crude, reached a new 52-week high and the highest settle value since April 2019, before slipping to $74.04 a barrel in the late U.S. afternoon. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 16 June 2021 The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which helps set borrowing costs on everything from corporate debt to mortgages, closed at 1.489%, according to Tradeweb, its lowest settle since March 3. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Circle also recently became Visa’s V V +0.4% V +0.2% partner to help businesses on the network settle transactions in USDC. Emily Mason, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Circle also recently became Visa’s V partner to help businesses on the network settle transactions in USDC. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of settle

Verb

1515, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for settle

Verb

Middle English, to seat, bring to rest, come to rest, from Old English setlan, from setl seat

Noun

Middle English, place for sitting, seat, chair, from Old English setl; akin to Old High German sezzal seat, Latin sella seat, chair, Old English sittan to sit

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“Settle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/settle. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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settle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of settle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to end (something, such as an argument) by reaching an agreement
: to make a final decision about (something) : decide
: to move to a place and make it your home

settle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of settle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long wooden bench with arms, a high solid back, and often with space under the seat which can be used to store things

settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈse-tᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling

Kids Definition of settle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to come to rest Birds settled on a branch. Dust settled on the table.
2 : to make a home I'd like to settle in the country.
3 : to make quiet : calm The tea settled my nerves.
4 : decide sense 1 It's settled then—we'll each pay our own way.
5 : to place so as to stay I settled myself in a chair.
6 : to sink gradually to a lower level The foundations of the house settled.
7 : to sink in a liquid
8 : to give attention to Settle down to work now.
9 : to fix by agreement They are hoping to settle the case out of court.
10 : to put in order They settled their affairs.
11 : to complete payment on Waiter, we're ready to settle our bill.
12 : to bring to an end They settled their argument.
13 : to take up a stable life You're not a kid anymore. It's time to settle down.
14 : to be content with He settled for his second choice.

settle

noun

Kids Definition of settle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long wooden bench with arms and a high solid back

settle

verb
set·​tle | \ ˈset-ᵊl How to pronounce settle (audio) \
settled; settling

Medical Definition of settle

intransitive verb

of an animal : conceive

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settle

verb
set·​tle
settled; settling

Legal Definition of settle

transitive verb

1 : to resolve conclusively settle a question of law
2 : to establish or secure permanently a settled legal principle
3 : close settle the sale of securities settle the estate
4 : to resolve a disagreement about (a court order) no hearing to consider these objections and to settle the order had been conductedSaba v. Gray, 314 N.W.2d 597 (1981)
5a : to fix (a price) by mutual agreement
b : to conclude (a lawsuit) by entering into an agreement negotiated by the parties usually out of court
c : to close (as an account) by payment also : to close by compromise and payment of less than the full amount claimed or due

intransitive verb

1 : to conclude a lawsuit by entering into an agreement the plaintiff chose to settle out of court
2 : to make a settlement of a transfer of funds
3 : to adjust differences or accounts settled with his creditors

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