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verb (adverb, mainly intr)

(also tr) to make or become quiet and orderly
(often foll by to) to apply oneself diligentlyplease settle down to work
to adopt an orderly and routine way of life, take up a permanent post, etc, esp after marriage

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settle down

1

Begin living a stable, orderly life; also, marry. For example, After traveling all over the world for years, he decided to settle down in his home town, or Her parents wished she would settle down and raise a family. [Early 1600s]

2

Become calm, less nervous, or less restless, as in Come on, children, it's time to settle down. [Mid-1800s]

3

Apply oneself seriously, as in If you don't settle down to your homework, you'll never get it done. [First half of 1800s]

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