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

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before 1000; Middle English set(t)len, Old English setlan (attested once) to place, derivative of setl settle2; compare Dutch zetelen
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British Dictionary definitions for settle for (1 of 3)

settle for


verb

(intr, preposition) to accept or agree to in spite of dispute or dissatisfaction

British Dictionary definitions for settle for (2 of 3)

settle

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/ (ˈsɛtəl) /

verb

Derived Formssettleable, adjective

Word Origin for settle

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

British Dictionary definitions for settle for (3 of 3)

settle

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/ (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 for

settle for


Accept or be satisfied with as a compromise, as in He really wanted a bigger raise but decided to settle for what they offered. [Mid-1900s]

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