Dictionary.com

settle

1
[ set-l ]
/ ˈsɛt l /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: settle / settled / settling on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), set·tled, set·tling.
verb (used without object), set·tled, set·tling.
Verb Phrases
QUIZ
TAKE JOY IN ACING THIS QUIZ ON “PRIDE” SYNONYMS
Hold your head up high as you embark on this quiz that explores some of the synonyms and meanings of “pride.”
Question 1 of 7
What does "dignity" mean?

Origin of settle

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English setlen, setel(le) “to seat, place in a seat, be seated; sink down; descend,” Old English setlan (attested once) “to settle, seat, take a position of rest,” derivative of setlsettle2; compare Dutch zetelen

OTHER WORDS FROM settle

Other definitions for settle (2 of 2)

settle2
[ set-l ]
/ ˈsɛt l /

noun
a long seat or bench, usually wooden, with arms and a high back.

Origin of settle

2
First recorded before 900; Middle English setle, setel(e), settel “seat, chair, bench, place for sitting,” Old English setl, sedl, sethl; cognate with German Sessel “armchair,” Gothic sitls “seat,” Latin sella (from unrecorded sedla “saddle”; akin to sit1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use settle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for settle (1 of 2)

settle1
/ (ˈsɛtəl) /

verb

Derived forms of settle

settleable, adjective

Word Origin for settle

Old English setlan; related to Dutch zetelen; see settle ²

British Dictionary definitions for settle (2 of 2)

settle2
/ (ˈsɛtəl) /

noun
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 for settle

Old English setl; related to Old Saxon, Old High German sezzal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK