settle

1
[ set-l ]
/ ˈsɛt l /

verb (used with object), set·tled, set·tling.

verb (used without object), set·tled, set·tling.

Verb Phrases

Origin of settle

1
before 1000; Middle English set(t)len, Old English setlan (attested once) to place, derivative of setl settle2; compare Dutch zetelen

OTHER WORDS FROM settle

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British Dictionary definitions for settle down (1 of 3)

settle down

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

British Dictionary definitions for settle down (2 of 3)

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 down (3 of 3)

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
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Idioms and Phrases with settle down

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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