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  1. set·tle
    IPA[ˈsedl]
  2. verb

    • 1. resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem):

      every effort was made to settle the dispute
      Synonym : resolve, sort out, reach an agreement about, find a solution to, find an answer to, solve, clear up, bring to an end, fix, work out, iron out, smooth over, straighten out, deal with, put right, set right, put to rights, rectify, remedy, reconcile, patch up, compose
    • 2. end (a legal dispute) by mutual agreement:

      he sued for libel and then settled out of court the matter was settled out of court
    • 3. determine; decide on:

      exactly what goes into the legislation has not been settled they had not yet settled on a date for the wedding
      Synonym : decide on, set, fix, come to a decision about, agree on, name, determine, establish, arrange, arrive at, appoint, designate, assign, confirm, choose, select, pick
    • 4. complete the administration and distribution of a decedent's estate.

    • 5. accept or agree to (something that one considers to be less than satisfactory):

      it was too cold for champagne so they settled for a cup of tea
      Synonym : accept, agree to, accede to, acquiesce in, assent to, compromise on
    • 6. pay (a debt or account):

      his bill was settled by charge card I settled up with your brother for my board and lodging
      Synonym : pay, pay in full, settle up, discharge, square, clear, defray, liquidate, satisfy
    • 7. give money or property to (someone) through a deed of settlement or a will:

      he offered to settle $150 a year on her
    • 8. adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home:

      one day I will settle down and raise a family
    • 9. make one's permanent home somewhere:

      in 1863 the family settled in London
      Synonym : make one's home, set up home, take up residence, put down roots, establish oneself, go to live, move to, emigrate to, set up housekeeping in, become domiciled in
    • 10. move with a group of others to live in a new country or area:

      European immigrants settled much of Australia
      Synonym : colonize, establish a colony in, occupy, people, inhabit, populate
    • 11. begin to feel comfortable or established in a new situation:

      he had settled into his new job she settled in happily with a foster family
    • 12. turn one's attention to; apply oneself to:

      Catherine settled down to her studies
      Synonym : apply oneself to, turn one's attention to, address oneself to, get down to, set about, set to work on, begin to tackle, attack, concentrate on, focus on, devote oneself to
    • 13. become or make calmer or quieter:

      after a few months the controversy settled down try to settle your puppy down before going to bed
      Synonym : calm down, be quiet, be still, relax, quieten down, quiet down, calm, calm down, soothe, compose, pacify, lull, subdue, quell, sedate, tranquillize, quieten, quiet
    • 14. silence (someone considered a nuisance) by some means:

      he told me to hold my tongue or he would find a way to settle me
    • 15. sit or come to rest in a comfortable position:

      he settled into an armchair
      Synonym : sit down, seat oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself, flump, park oneself, plonk oneself, land, come to rest, come down, alight, light, descend, perch
    • 16. make (someone) comfortable in a particular place or position:

      she allowed him to settle her in the taxi
      Synonym : make comfortable, tuck in, bed down
    • 17. move or adjust (something) so that it rests securely:

      she settled her bag on her shoulder
    • 18. fall or come down onto a surface:

      dust from the mill had settled on the roof
    • 19. (of suspended particles) sink slowly in a liquid to form sediment; (of a liquid) become clear or still through this process:

      sediment settles near the bottom of the tank he pours a glass and leaves it on the bar to settle
      Synonym : sink, subside, fall, gravitate, precipitate out
    • 20. (of an object or objects) gradually sink down under its or their own weight:

      they listened to the soft ticking and creaking as the house settled
    • 21. (of a ship or boat) sink gradually:

      the craft was settling nose-down in the water
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: settle, 3rd person present: settles, gerund or present participle: settling, past tense: settled, past participle: settled

    • noun

      a wooden bench with a high back and arms, typically incorporating a box under the seat.
    • verb

      resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem):

      end (a legal dispute) by mutual agreement:

    • noun

      a wooden bench with a high back and arms, typically incorporating a box under the seat.
    • have revenge on

      pay money owed to (someone)

    • take revenge on someone for something that they have done in the past

      pay off a debt or other obligation

    • determine who shall succeed someone
    • have revenge on

      pay money owed to (someone)

    • take revenge on someone for something that they have done in the past

      pay off a debt or other obligation

    • determine who shall succeed someone
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