- to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions).
- to place in a desired state or in order: to settle one's affairs.
- to pay, as a bill.
- to close (an account) by payment.
- to migrate to and organize (an area, territory, etc.); colonize: The pilgrims settled Plymouth.
- to cause to take up residence: They settled immigrants in urban areas.
- to furnish (a place) with inhabitants or settlers: The French settled this colony with army veterans.
- to quiet, calm, or bring to rest (the nerves, stomach, etc.).
- to stop from annoying or opposing: A sharp word will settle that youngster.
- to conclude or resolve: to settle a dispute.
- to make stable; place in a permanent position or on a permanent basis.
- to cause (a liquid) to become clear by depositing dregs.
- to cause (dregs, sediment, etc.) to sink or be deposited.
- to cause to sink down gradually; make firm or compact.
- to dispose of finally; close up: to settle an estate.
- 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.
- to decide, arrange, or agree (often followed by on or upon): to settle on a plan of action.
- to arrange matters in dispute; come to an agreement: to settle with a person.
- to pay a bill; make a financial arrangement (often followed by up).
- to take up residence in a new country or place: Many Frenchmen settled along the Mississippi River following La Salle's explorations.
- to come to rest, as from flight: A bird settled on a bough.
- to gather, collect, or become fixed in a particular place, direction, etc.: A cold settled in my head.
- to become calm or composed (often followed by down): I'll wait until the class settles before starting the lesson.
- to come to rest (often followed by down): We settled down for the night at an old country inn.
- to sink down gradually; subside.
- to become clear by the sinking of suspended particles, as a liquid.
- to sink to the bottom, as sediment.
- to become firm or compact, as the ground.
- (of a female animal) to become pregnant; conceive.
- settle down,
- 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.
- settle for, to be satisfied with: to settle for less.
- settle into, to become established in: to settle into a new routine.
Origin of settle1
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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
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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
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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
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As a producer on The Gambler, he read a bunch of women for the female lead, and settled on Larson.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
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I just happen to believe it was settled in a different way than Beck does.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
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He leaned back, and began to puff leisurely at his pipe, as if this settled the matter.Brave and Bold
This is the first good spring since leaving the settled districts.Explorations in Australia
If he said or did anything, there was no appeal; that was settled, let us pass to something else.Malbone
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"Miss Ward's case has not yet been settled," she said slowly.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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The chief stock was settled at Liberton, in the upper part of Clydesdale.The Grand Old Man
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- (tr) to put in order; arrange in a desired state or conditionhe settled his affairs before he died
- to arrange or be arranged in a fixed or comfortable positionhe settled himself by the fire
- (intr) to come to rest or a halta bird settled on the hedge
- to take up or cause to take up residencethe family settled in the country
- to establish or become established in a way of life, job, residence, etc
- (tr) to migrate to and form a community; colonize
- to make or become quiet, calm, or stable
- (intr) to be cast or spread; come downfog settled over a wide area
- to make (a liquid) clear or (of a liquid) to become clear; clarify
- to cause (sediment) to sink to the bottom, as in a liquid, or (of sediment) to sink thus
- to subside or cause to subside and become firm or compactthe dust settled
- (sometimes foll by up) to pay off or account for (a bill, debt, etc)
- (tr) to decide, conclude, or dispose ofto settle an argument
- (intr; often foll by on or upon) to agree or fixto settle upon a plan
- (tr; usually foll by on or upon) to secure (title, property, etc) to a person, as by making a deed of settlement, will, etche settled his property on his wife
- to determine (a legal dispute, etc) by agreement of the parties without resort to court action (esp in the phrase settle out of court)
- 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 and History for settled
"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).