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.
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