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settle2

[set-l] /ˈsɛt l/
noun
1.
a long seat or bench, usually wooden, with arms and a high back.
Origin of settle2
900
before 900; Middle English: seat, sitting place, Old English setl; cognate with German Sessel armchair, Gothic sitls seat, Latin sella saddle; akin to sit1
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British Dictionary definitions for settle's

settle1

/ˈsɛtəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to put in order; arrange in a desired state or condition: he settled his affairs before he died
2.
to arrange or be arranged in a fixed or comfortable position: he settled himself by the fire
3.
(intransitive) to come to rest or a halt: a bird settled on the hedge
4.
to take up or cause to take up residence: the family settled in the country
5.
to establish or become established in a way of life, job, residence, etc
6.
(transitive) to migrate to and form a community; colonize
7.
to make or become quiet, calm, or stable
8.
(intransitive) to be cast or spread; come down: fog settled over a wide area
9.
to make (a liquid) clear or (of a liquid) to become clear; clarify
10.
to cause (sediment) to sink to the bottom, as in a liquid, or (of sediment) to sink thus
11.
to subside or cause to subside and become firm or compact: the dust settled
12.
(sometimes foll by up) to pay off or account for (a bill, debt, etc)
13.
(transitive) to decide, conclude, or dispose of: to settle an argument
14.
(intransitive; often foll by on or upon) to agree or fix: to settle upon a plan
15.
(transitive; usually foll by on or upon) to secure (title, property, etc) to a person, as by making a deed of settlement, will, etc: he settled his property on his wife
16.
to determine (a legal dispute, etc) by agreement of the parties without resort to court action (esp in the phrase settle out of court)
Derived Forms
settleable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English setlan; related to Dutch zetelen; see settle²

settle2

/ˈsɛtəl/
noun
1.
a seat, for two or more people, usually made of wood with a high back and arms, and sometimes having a storage space in the boxlike seat
Word Origin
Old English setl; related to Old Saxon, Old High German sezzal
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Word Origin and History for settle's

settle

v.

"come to rest," Old English setlan "cause to sit, place, put," from setl "a seat" (see settle (n.)). Related: Settling. Cf. German siedeln "to settle, colonize."

From c.1300 of birds, etc., "to alight." From early 14c. as "sink down, descend; cave in." Early 15c. in reference to suspended particles in a liquid. Sense of "establish a permanent residence" first recorded 1620s; that of "decide" is 1620s. Meaning "secure title to by deed" is from 1660s.

Meaning "reconcile" (a quarrel, differences, etc.) perhaps is influenced by Middle English sahtlen "to reconcile," from Old English saht "reconciliation," from Old Norse satt "reconciliation." To settle down "become content" is from 1853; transitive sense from 1520s; as what married couples do in establishing domesticity, from 1718. To settle for "content oneself with" is from 1943.

n.

"long bench," 1550s, from Middle English setle "a seat," from Old English setl "a seat, stall; position, abode; setting of a heavenly body," related to sittan "to sit," from Proto-Germanic *setla- (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch setel, Dutch zetel, German Sessel, Gothic sitls), from PIE *sedla- (cf. Latin sella "seat, chair," Old Church Slavonic sedlo "saddle," Old English sadol "saddle"), from root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).

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Slang definitions & phrases for settle's

settle

verb

To imprison, esp for a life sentence: Foley was ''pinched'' and ''settled'' in San Quentin (1899+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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