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settle

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[ set-l ]
/ ˈsɛt l /
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verb (used with object), set·tled, set·tling.

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

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Origin of settle

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before 1000; Middle English set(t)len,Old English setlan (attested once) to place, derivative of setlsettle2; compare Dutch zetelen

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Definition 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

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before 900; Middle English: seat, sitting place, Old English setl; cognate with German Sessel armchair, Gothic sitls seat, Latin sella saddle; akin to sit1
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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
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