verb (used with object), set·tled, set·tling.
- to secure (property, title, etc.) on or to a person by formal or legal process.
- to terminate (legal proceedings) by mutual consent of the parties.
verb (used without object), set·tled, set·tling.
- to become established in some routine, especially upon marrying, after a period of independence or indecision.
- to become calm or quiet.
- to apply oneself to serious work: There were so many distractions that we weren't able to settle down to studying.
Origin of settle1
Synonyms for settle
Origin of settle2
Related Words for settleend, complete, conclude, pay, fix, negotiate, determine, decide, establish, clear, achieve, put, land, sit, live, square, concert, figure, clinch, seal
Examples from the Web for settle
Contemporary Examples of settle
I settle for a sweater and jacket and throw a tie in my briefcase just in case it turns out to be the prom.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I started to squirm in my chair and Jimbo put his hand back on my shoulder to settle me down.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The pressure is on the Supreme Court to settle this once and for all.Gay Marriage Chaos Begins
November 11, 2014
They form a daily currency by which we settle relationships, but they also create doubt.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
That figure represents the serious cut that the players took to settle the 2011 lockout, when it was slashed from 57 percent.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of settle
"Settle the best you can," was his final direction to Coplen.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He has always been a rover, often tried to settle down but could not.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Hines turned to me and said, Go to your quarters; I will settle with you in the morning.Biography of a Slave
Promise me not to marry this man, and I will settle on you a thousand a year—safe.Weighed and Wanting
Why didn't you let them bring in their police and settle us?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Word Origin for settle
Word Origin for settle
"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.
"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).