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.
- setting lotion,
- setting rule,
- setting-up exercise,
- settle a score,
- settle down,
- settle for,
- settle in,
- settle on
Origin of settle1
Examples from the Web for settled
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Afraid the Korean secret police would not believe his kidnapping story, Shin settled in Hollywood.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His latest target has been Hajji Hassan, a Baluch drug lord who fled Iran and settled in Turbat in 2000.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a producer on The Gambler, he read a bunch of women for the female lead, and settled on Larson.
I just happen to believe it was settled in a different way than Beck does.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the boy quickly dropped off into an untroubled sleep, and they settled down.Feet Of Clay|Phillip Hoskins
Aunt Olivia went into the parlour, settled herself in the old carved chair, and folded her hands.Chronicles of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery
She was back in her old house again, next door to the office, settled there for life now with her servants.East Lynne|Mrs. Henry Wood
Here they settled down submissively and appeared to be content with their existing condition.The Indians' Last Fight|Dennis Collins
It was as if he had mapped out and settled a matter definitely.The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
Word Origin for settle
Word Origin for settle
"firmly fixed," also "quiet, orderly, steady," 1550s, past participle adjective from settle (v.).
"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).