Main definitions of settle in US English:

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settle1

verb

  • 1with object Resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem)

    ‘every effort was made to settle the dispute’
    • ‘They rely heavily on international agreement to settle problems.’
    • ‘A teenager who was stabbed to death after a fight in a nightclub was apparently taken outside to settle an argument.’
    • ‘The sociologists out there would probably tell me I'm teaching my son to settle problems with violence.’
    • ‘Why did not settle the petition problem with firm resolve?’
    • ‘The companies that operate them should settle those problems first, before making people pay more.’
    • ‘That should settle any arguments in the playground.’
    • ‘To settle the ensuing argument, they make a bet on who commands the bravest troops.’
    • ‘Lets meet with the government and see how we can settle this problem so that it is a win-win situation for all.’
    • ‘The French owners of the tanker and the Bulgarian embassy in Yemen were expected to settle the problems within a few days.’
    • ‘Surely the company already had it on file and surely it was easy to settle the problem if the company wanted to.’
    • ‘The tribunal tried to settle the problems by mediation, and almost half of the disputes are resolved this way.’
    • ‘This could settle the irrigation problem of the area to a great extent.’
    • ‘The court system is used to resolve land disputes and slander cases, but problems are usually settled within the family or village.’
    • ‘Let us see if we can settle our problems in the right manner.’
    • ‘When the train rattled into the next station, an inspector ran into the carriage and tried to settle the bitter argument.’
    • ‘A long-running dispute in Scotland was settled before he reached the top, with a more generous pay increase than is on offer in England and Wales.’
    • ‘But he was willing to try, to extend himself to the utmost to finally reach peace and settle the long conflict.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder arguments are never settled and disputes always confused?’
    • ‘The councils say they exhausted other avenues to settle the problems before going to court.’
    • ‘Indeed it is not a satisfactory way to settle any argument.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 End (a legal dispute) by mutual agreement.
      no object ‘he sued for libel and then settled out of court’
      ‘the matter was settled out of court’
      • ‘The dispute was settled out of court with VIA paying Intel an undisclosed sum of money.’
      • ‘To settle legal disputes via legal means is the best way.’
      • ‘In order to get the project off the ground, the ministry tried to privately settle its legal disputes with those original land owners.’
      • ‘The Salford tenor settled a long-running legal dispute with a former management company two months ago but they say he has yet to pay up.’
      • ‘The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum, with the woman agreeing not to make any public comment.’
      • ‘For this reason, a majority of disputes are settled out of court.’
      • ‘That dispute was settled out of court when the three universities limited its use on campus.’
      • ‘Separately, Gizmondo has settled its long-running legal dispute with the Jordan Formula One operation, Tony Smith writes.’
      • ‘Wadiyar also pointed out that additional changes will be made once the legal dispute is settled.’
      • ‘It was a genuine legal dispute that was settled without a judge ruling.’
      • ‘I will ask attorneys to help the students settle any legal disputes stemming from this incident.’
      • ‘Last week, it settled an anti-trust dispute with Sun, perhaps its most vociferous opponent in the computer industry, for $2 billion.’
    2. 1.2 Determine; decide on.
      ‘exactly what goes into the legislation has not been settled’
      no object ‘they had not yet settled on a date for the wedding’
      • ‘Not able to think of something better, Josh, Ben, Kevin, and Ryan settled on the name by default.’
      • ‘Once the selectors had settled on Hartley to lead the attack filling the remaining five berths can't have presented many problems.’
      • ‘Incidentally, we still haven't settled on a name.’
      • ‘He explained that the level of contribution settled on by the councillors would, in effect, determine how much the council could spend over the next five years.’
      • ‘Opponents of intelligent design have apparently settled on their strategy.’
      • ‘And there are signs that the name they finally settled on is deeply inappropriate.’
      • ‘She and Will had still not settled on a name for him, though she had taken to calling him Joshua.’
      • ‘At this point, I still haven't settled on a name for her, but I keep leaning towards Valentine, with Tiny being her nickname.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, however, there was very little conflict over the final numerical limit that was settled on.’
      • ‘Ultimately, we settled on the design with the guest house, which we intended to rent out.’
      • ‘All in all, by the time Shirley had left, little had been settled on, and Charlie was even more tired than before.’
      • ‘No wonder the manager concedes he has not settled on a first-choice selection.’
      • ‘We selected our booth and settled on a couple of margaritas while waiting for our host, Chef Rob Vaughn.’
      • ‘The couple quickly settled on the name Bandit because the tiny creature had a black face with a white mask.’
      • ‘Historians have not settled on a good name for the centuries between Diocletian and Charlemagne, but this phrase is at least serviceable.’
      • ‘McCarthy yesterday refused to indicate who will figure in his team selection even though he confirmed he had settled on a team in his own mind.’
      • ‘Many delegates are complaining that most of the persons to be elected had been settled on by the major parties some time ago.’
      • ‘Naturally, a strongest front pairing should be settled on.’
      • ‘Pete finally settled on an arrangement that he was happy with, consisting of a butterfly and a long loop leading to a bowline on the bight.’
      • ‘It is important to note that we have not yet settled on one specific approach.’
      decide on, set, fix, come to a decision about, agree on, name, determine, establish, arrange, arrive at, appoint, designate, assign
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    3. 1.3 Complete the administration and distribution of a decedent's estate.
    4. 1.4settle forno object 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’
      • ‘James never settles for second best and he put Charlestown on the map during those years in that International Festival with acts like Eurovision winner Johnny Logan.’
      • ‘Fey, instead, settles for making fun of her subjects and simply accepting the fact that they're mean girls.’
      • ‘But in the long term it is difficult to see prosperous patients settling for second-class status.’
      • ‘Webster followed Klaffenbock closely, looking for a way through but with four laps to go, dropped back settling for second place.’
      • ‘As with mobile phones, it seems that consumers are settling for less than the industry expected to sell them.’
      • ‘Today, however, we're settling for a short stint off the edge of an Auckland wharf.’
      • ‘And yet we did it again on Saturday, getting too cautious and settling for what he had.’
      • ‘And, when the scores were level near the end, instead of settling for a draw they went for a win, and gained it.’
      • ‘There are builders who sugarcoat their proposals with big-name architects, irresistible bait in a city that shamefully settles for the ordinary.’
      • ‘It makes a strong case for being selective about what you drive, and not merely settling for a sensible but dull car.’
      • ‘But by settling for the current standard of cuisine, the Shore is unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.’
      • ‘For Keane, it was self-induced, brought about by too many players at Old Trafford settling for less than they could have achieved.’
      • ‘They went to a more posh high school and I settled for the one down the road with considerably fewer amenities.’
      • ‘One expensive Dublin secondary school I know is no longer settling for class trips to Paris or Rome.’
      • ‘Lane improved their game in the second half and missed three good chances to win before settling for a point.’
      • ‘I ended up settling for a mushroom soup instead of a main course - though I could have had fish - and didn't regret it.’
      • ‘Almost every other jockey would have given up, settling for escaping injury, but not the champion.’
      • ‘I've toyed with a few ideas and am settling for a further simplification of the layout.’
      • ‘At the moment we are settling for a round of applause.’
      • ‘We shouldn't be competing, just settling for what we are.’
      accept, agree to, accede to, acquiesce in, assent to
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  • 2Pay (a debt or account)

    ‘his bill was settled by charge card’
    no object ‘I settled up with your brother for my board and lodging’
    • ‘That should not surprise anyone who has taken a loan from bank to settle debts as the bank normally pays those owed directly.’
    • ‘The deadline for Mexico to settle its debt is Sept 30.’
    • ‘Bell settled his account with Houser by taking over Houser's liability to Lincoln.’
    • ‘By the time the agreements expired late last year, none of the former bank owners had fully settled their debts.’
    • ‘Slight was made the subject of a 12-month community rehabilitation order after the court heard her father had loaned her the cash to settle the debt.’
    • ‘The reserve-currency role means that every country has a demand for dollars in order to pay its oil bills and settle its international accounts.’
    • ‘According to the court filing, other former tenants in the towers have either settled their accounts up to September 10 or are in discussions to do so.’
    • ‘The society's secretary is busy trying to settle some accounts before the auctions get under way.’
    • ‘The House and Senate bills also contain provisions giving faltering companies less time to settle their debts and reorganize.’
    • ‘‘We're still giving them a chance to settle their debts,’ Deden said.’
    • ‘Despite his significant profit and success in South Africa, Johnston appears to be tardy about settling debts in Scotland.’
    • ‘I'm breaking up with my boyfriend, who I've been living with for many months, and now I'm trying to settle accounts.’
    • ‘We were renting in Hamburg and after settling our debts we had only about £5,000 left.’
    • ‘He had settled the debt and wanted to score and buy drugs.’
    • ‘Knowing in advance how it works lets you avoid the crush of departing passengers settling last-minute accounts.’
    • ‘All I can say is that the individual who is offering to settle the debt needs to talk to the club and Customs.’
    • ‘Satisfactory progress has been made in efforts by the two nations to settle debts incurred through the account trading.’
    • ‘If you are lucky, you live in a state with laws requiring a candidate to settle all debts before closing the campaign account.’
    • ‘Interest on the loan rolls up, and then the debt is settled when the property is finally sold.’
    • ‘We have settled the debts and have arranged to provide for the poor artistes.’
    pay, pay in full, settle up, discharge, square, clear, defray, liquidate, satisfy
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    1. 2.1settle something on Give money or property to (someone) through a deed of settlement or a will.
      • ‘If I create a trust to dispose of all of my rights and interests, and I settle them on trustees, that is a trust despite the fact that it is not spelt out.’
  • 3no object 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’
    • ‘Residential complexes rose as officers posted in Shimla decided to settle down there.’
    • ‘Though born and brought up in one place, they were ready to settle down in another.’
    • ‘It's relatively close and Wisconsin would be a nice quiet place to settle down.’
    • ‘He wished he had chosen a career where he could settle down permanently with a wife.’
    • ‘There is a sad side to the play as well in that the central character, John Bosco McLaine is a rather pathetic creature who wants to settle down with a member of the opposite sex but has failed to do so.’
    • ‘Back in New York in 1919, Kent was unable to settle down.’
    • ‘After the spouses settle down, their close relatives mostly follow them.’
    • ‘So is this why 30 something women find a gap in the dating scene and are unable to find someone of a similar age to settle down with?’
    • ‘After traveling across country to California for a life changing year of study, she was ready to settle down permanently in the Sunshine State.’
    • ‘My dear Art, I think it is much better that you just settle down and get a real job closer to home.’
    • ‘‘This was supposed to be our final home where we would settle down and bring up our son,’ he said.’
    • ‘In 1984, he came down to Bangalore to settle down permanently.’
    • ‘Do you think he's feeling tempted to finally settle down and live a steady existence?’
    • ‘He was politely told to get a steady girlfriend and settle down.’
    • ‘David starts to feel the urge to settle down and ‘become part of a couple.’’
    • ‘The beautiful actress, who has been dating Josh since falling for him on the set of new movie ‘The Black Dahlia’, is reportedly desperate to settle down.’
    • ‘New York was going to be my new home; I'd get a steady job and settle down, start a family.’
    • ‘But there were others who for a variety of reasons decided to settle down permanently in the US.’
    • ‘And I'm not ready to settle down yet, or even to commit.’
    • ‘Find a nice girl and settle down, bring up some children, get a steady job in management.’
    1. 3.1with adverbial of place Make one's permanent home somewhere.
      ‘in 1863 the family settled in London’
      • ‘She settled at a family home in Morocco, where she spent eight years, studying at the American School of Tangier.’
      • ‘Bullock was raised in Nuremberg, Vienna and Salzburg, before the family settled back in Arlington when she was in her early teens.’
      • ‘The family settled back in Virginia when Bullock was 13.’
      • ‘We have a proud tradition of giving refuge to people fleeing persecution, and welcoming families who want to settle here and work.’
      • ‘By 1914 he bad discovered Brigus, Newfoundland, where he settled with his family.’
      • ‘In 1965 they moved to Swindon, where they settled and started a family.’
      • ‘He then returned to France and settled with his family in the village of Argenteuil, where he continued to work and sell paintings.’
      • ‘Born in Italy, he settled with his family in Massachusetts when he was 6.’
      • ‘Jim Ronan, Bekan, who died recently, was a popular and esteemed gentleman in the parish of Bekan since the family settled there in 1967.’
      • ‘He grew up in Juarez and spent several years abroad before returning to Mexico to settle permanently with his family.’
      • ‘I shrugged off my prejudices and decided to visit the state where my ancestors, along with hundreds of other Scottish families, had settled.’
      • ‘His family settled there in the 1880s, high Hollywood western time, about a decade after the Sioux beat Custer.’
      • ‘I settled here with my family to slowly build up relationships with the local community.’
      • ‘In recent years, he liked to travel and visit members of his family who had settled abroad in New York, Boston, Paris and London.’
      • ‘The first member of their family to settle in South Africa in 1679 was a gunsmith and many of his descendants have been involved in the gun trade.’
      • ‘He underwent an Evangelical conversion the following year and settled with the family of one Reverend Morley Unwin in 1765.’
      • ‘Born in Limavady, Ulster, he emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1870 and settled at Tamaki.’
      • ‘Arcus had offices in Bangalore, Singapore and in Fremont, California, where Bhattacharya and his family settled around two decades ago.’
      • ‘Later, Orr settled with his family in Dillon, where his mansion still stands.’
      • ‘After arriving in Melbourne from Foggia in 1938, Peter, then five, settled with his family in Carlton.’
      make one's home, set up home, take up residence, put down roots, establish oneself
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    2. 3.2with object Move with a group of others to live in a new country or area.
      ‘European immigrants settled much of Australia’
      • ‘One of our favorite neighborhoods is Lincoln Square on the northwest side, originally settled by German immigrants.’
      • ‘From the eighteenth century legal doubt existed whether the religion established in England was also legally established in colonies settled by British subjects.’
      • ‘Kliptown was established in 1903 and settled by Indian, black and coloured communities which were moved from Newtown in the city centre.’
      • ‘Back when colonies were first being settled, a group of colonists encountered a few of the Arai for the first time and immediately thought they were demons.’
      • ‘Further abroad, he authorized the Evangelistic Grant Charter to settle the Colony of Virginia.’
      • ‘Other historic areas include Vincennes, on the site of a French fort, and New Harmony to the south, settled by German immigrants.’
      • ‘When the colonies were first settled, he wrote, the towns sometimes provided relief for their care.’
      • ‘America had become an English-speaking colony, settled by emigrants from the Old Country who had largely supplanted its aboriginal population.’
      colonize, establish a colony in, occupy
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    3. 3.3 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’
      • ‘The family are settling into their new home in Walcot.’
      • ‘Over the next few days, Eric and Tess settled into a comfortable friendship as they got to know each other better.’
      • ‘They had all settled in and began working on the project when suddenly Meghan noticed a painting hanging on her friend's wall.’
      • ‘In reply, Farncombe lost Gary Ekins in only the third over but Mike O'Mahoney and Asif Jan quickly settled into their innings and began to look dangerous.’
      • ‘According to the newspaper, Beckham became close to Ms Loos as she helped him and his family settle into their new life in Spain.’
      • ‘In his autumn years, Thompson had settled into a comfortable routine of writing a sports column for ESPN.’
      • ‘She acknowledged them with a smile as she went to the big desk facing them at the front of the room, and settled in to begin the school day.’
      • ‘So, the threesome gathered around a fire, and as they settled in, he began to speak.’
      • ‘‘We've had a few days to settle in as a family and it's been fantastic,’ said Mrs Saville.’
      • ‘Eire Og took the lead from an Eric McCormack point as his side appeared to have settled into a comfortable rhythm.’
      • ‘Once the enemy has settled in and established their borders, they will begin to look for us.’
      • ‘Later the Academy went back to the jury system and now seems settled into a fairly established routine without too many gaffes.’
      • ‘As people settled into established societies many centuries ago, they began looking for ways to protect their crops.’
      • ‘As Jim settled into the rhythm of riding, he began to think rationally.’
      • ‘By the time Sleater-Kinney released 2002's One Beat, the band had settled into a comfortable groove.’
      • ‘Once the two heroes had settled in they always looked in command of the situation until they created a ripple in the final over when only four were required to overhaul Essex's score.’
      • ‘We settled in and I began to study the cards, playing my hand to the strict rules we'd learnt in Acton.’
      • ‘Back in New Zealand, the family is settling into Kiwi life and enjoying the sunny weather.’
      • ‘Now it will be largely up to non-government organisations like the Red Cross to help the families settle into Australian life.’
      • ‘The family seemed to settle into their new life, except for her mother, who flatly rejected the ‘immoral Austrian culture’.’
    4. 3.4settle down to Turn one's attention to; apply oneself to.
      ‘Catherine settled down to her studies’
      • ‘Before settling down to a meal in the Keadeen Hotel, Chairperson of the host town committee, Teresa Harrison, welcomed the athletes to Newbridge.’
      • ‘It's hard settling down to hard thinking, connecting dots and writing the book while so much is going on every day and I'm getting such interesting emails!’
      • ‘Peggy, a devout Roman Catholic, said her prayer: ‘Please, holy Mother, help them to put the ball in the right net’, before settling down to the game.’
      • ‘Pensioners at Wesley House flats in Tottington were just settling down to a quiet game of cards when a team of fire fighters burst into their communal room.’
      • ‘Nor are they standard issue mature students, settling down to an MBA with bright thoughts of enhancing their business careers.’
      • ‘The products of well-to-do middle-class Argentine upbringings, both wanted to fulfill a restless urge to see the rest of South America before settling down to their medical careers.’
      • ‘Claudette couldn't concentrate on the epistle or the gospel, couldn't settle down to the rosary.’
      • ‘At last, some good old trashy TV I can settle down to.’
      • ‘At its official launch in Portlaoise last Friday night the party wasted no time in setting out its stall for the coming two years and settling down to business.’
      • ‘But Lyndsey will make a quick dash to her home where she'll watch the remainder of the game before settling down to the books again and preparing for her final two exams in Biology and Art.’
      • ‘As A-level results arrive, 18-year-olds all over Britain are packing their rucksacks ready for a year of adventure before settling down to university.’
      • ‘While her schoolmates are settling down to the first lessons of the day this morning, nine-year-old Alice Maddocks will be back in hospital.’
      • ‘And this is what we can settle down to in weeks ahead.’
      • ‘At around 10.30, after the departure of his dinner guests, he would settle down to two or three hours of work, frequently dictating beyond 2.30 am.’
      • ‘He said that when the holiday is over the players will be settling down to training with their sights set for further glory in 2005 for the purple and gold.’
      • ‘Making camp and starting a nice fire, we settle down to more of my nightly lessons.’
      • ‘As Confederate and Union flags fluttered in the breeze the Ghostriders honed their shooting and axe-throwing skills before settling down to traditional cowboy fare outside their authentic tents.’
      • ‘The happy Finns travel en famille to the local steam baths and cleanse themselves before settling down to a meal of boiled codfish.’
      • ‘Girls who were interested in study had to be disciplined about settling down to homework as they had to go to bed at 8.30 in the evening after ‘prep’.’
      • ‘Yesterday I was finding it a little hard to get going so I figured I'd finally mow the lawn, since the grass wasn't damp and I could hear many lawn mowers buzzing in the area, before settling down to the computer.’
      apply oneself to, turn one's attention to, address oneself to, get down to, set about, set to work on, begin to tackle, attack
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    5. 3.5 Become or make calmer or quieter.
      no object ‘after a few months the controversy settled down’
      with object ‘try to settle your puppy down before going to bed’
      • ‘His quiet voice was commanding and proved effective as the pair settled down.’
      • ‘So Mrs. Sebright calls for us to settle down and to pull out our worksheets about atoms.’
      • ‘As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, ‘Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon.’’
      • ‘He admired the way the players settled down after a harrowing opening against a very enthusiastic Navan, and felt that Kilkenny finished the stronger team.’
      • ‘After this memorable trip, things settled down.’
      • ‘They haven't settled down just because their old foe is gone.’
      • ‘‘We will have an official opening when everything has settled down, but we might have a cake and let balloons go on that day,’ she said.’
      • ‘The firemen did heave a sigh of relief after pulling the deer out, but did not settle down and relax.’
      • ‘Both boys heard the message and settled down, and Mary's friend Toni remained composed.’
      • ‘After she left, Zack settled down (I suspect he was acting up only to get her attention) and finished his food.’
      • ‘Since the harrowing scene with Elanor, he'd been unable to settle down even for a moment.’
      • ‘For the first time I settled down, got calm and gained just a teensy bit of perspective.’
      • ‘Unable to drive properly while laughing, Derek pulled over to the side of the road to settle down.’
      • ‘The exchanges in this Aegon West Lancashire League Division One match then settled down until the referee awarded Springfields a penalty that was well saved by Russ Sharpe.’
      • ‘I've finally settled down after the weekend's upheaval.’
      • ‘The crowd settled down, the coach calmed the players and gave them a plan.’
      • ‘The bus driver pulled over to get the commuters to settle down.’
      • ‘After this hectic opening, things settled down and it was eight minutes before Larry Cadden sent over a nice point for Calry-St Joseph's.’
      • ‘After the crowd settled down, Palahniuk read a story from Haunted.’
      • ‘However, at the actual vet's surgery he was very quiet and settled down nicely.’
      calm down, quieten down, be quiet, be still, relax
      calm, calm down, quieten, quiet, soothe, compose, pacify, lull, subdue, quell
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    6. 3.6dated Silence (someone considered a nuisance) by some means.
      ‘he told me to hold my tongue or he would find a way to settle me’
  • 4no object, with adverbial of place Sit or come to rest in a comfortable position.

    ‘he settled into an armchair’
    • ‘Slowly I settled against him and I listened to his breathing; it was raspy and every once in a while he would cough, but he still held me tight.’
    • ‘Farly settled against Bourbon and rested his head against Bourbon's soft blue hair.’
    • ‘And yet one more task remains before he can settle back in the armchair and take a well earned rest.’
    • ‘I settled back into my comfortable position on the cushy chair I had gotten from a furniture store.’
    • ‘The girl lowered herself again, settling into her previous position, only this time, she wasn't so close.’
    • ‘The rest were settling into various seats when Denise trailed in.’
    • ‘They decided to find a place to rest, and eventually settled on a small clearing.’
    • ‘She sighed and sat back on her haunches before settling into a kneeling position.’
    • ‘I settled back into the position that made my neck ache.’
    • ‘She soon settled back down to rest in her cot, spying Sister Adalaine from the corner of her eye.’
    • ‘She settles into one position and barely shifts until she wakes the next morning.’
    • ‘Smiling slightly, she settled more comfortably into his lap, resting her chin on top of his head.’
    • ‘Amor joined her friends on the field while the rest of us settled under my usual tree at the home games.’
    • ‘Beside him, Andre and Jason were settling into a sitting position.’
    • ‘Angel could hear Aria settling into a comfortable position.’
    • ‘Anabella took her place in a comfortable armchair as Corina settled onto a mahogany chair with a warm blanket over her lap.’
    sit down, seat oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself, flump
    land, come to rest, come down, alight, light, descend, perch
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    1. 4.1with object and adverbial of place Make (someone) comfortable in a particular place or position.
      ‘she allowed him to settle her in the taxi’
      • ‘With that, she took Brady to her bedroom and settled him on top of her comforter.’
      • ‘He found her huddled near the warmth of the boiler room when he opened that morning and settled her in a coat hangar box with a towel and some food.’
      • ‘When he felt no rush of apprehension, he pulled his blanket over her shoulders and settled her into a comfortable position.’
      • ‘They were both laughing and giggling as William carried her into the main hall and settled her comfortably in a couch.’
      • ‘Chase settled me on the mattress before stepping back to lean against the windows, his eyes never breaking contact with mine.’
      • ‘He was eventually settled in his cot by his father at 6am on December 10, 1997 but Patel found him not breathing when she went to check on him three hours later.’
      • ‘But one morning, I got up to see him at 5am, then settled him back in his cot.’
      • ‘Michael carried me to a comfortable stuffed chair and settled me there.’
      • ‘Finally, he allowed her to pick him up, settling him in her lap.’
      make comfortable, tuck in, bed down
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    2. 4.2with object Move or adjust (something) so that it rests securely.
      ‘she settled her bag on her shoulder’
      • ‘He quickly looked down to settle the tray securely across her lap.’
      • ‘A silence fell between them then, as he leaned over and picked up his guitar, settling it flat in his lap to adjust the strap.’
      • ‘Rowena settled the receiver as securely as she could against her shoulder.’
    3. 4.3 Fall or come down onto a surface.
      ‘dust from the mill had settled on the roof’
      • ‘That means a lot less fine dust in the air that will settle on room surfaces.’
      • ‘This is a U-shaped passage in which fine particles settle, allowing air to continue on freed of most contamination.’
      • ‘Hepa vacuums are also recommended for cleanup of dust that may have settled on surfaces outside the remediation area.’
      • ‘One is from lead-rich automobile exhaust particles settling on both grapes and soil.’
      • ‘And then ten minutes later, an uneven mess stared at me from the mirror, while strands of hair settled on surfaces all over the bathroom.’
      • ‘Fortunately the snow was not falling anymore but had settled on the ground, house tops, trees, and the mountains, a couple inches thick.’
      • ‘It was a bitterly cold day, but it was bright and still; no wind blew, no drops fell and no snow settled.’
      • ‘Strands of her black hair swayed in the wind and the rest settled just under her neck.’
      • ‘A rain of parchment flakes settled on the surface of the desk.’
      • ‘There were bodies everywhere, with dust slowly settling to the floor.’
      • ‘Reaching over her opposite shoulder, Ali drew the sword that was strapped there, flicking her wrist to scatter the drops of moisture that had settled on the metal surface.’
      • ‘He was once again in his room, but now he didn't care about the dust that had settled slowly on the surfaces.’
      • ‘Slowly the dust settled over the motionless heap at the foot of the cliff.’
      • ‘She lifted the dress above her head and let it fall, feeling it settle against her skin.’
      • ‘But whereas they were once crisp, motes of dust and household lint had now settled leaving the surface grimy.’
      • ‘Latex dust also settles on horizontal surfaces throughout the OR and can become airborne again with subsequent agitation.’
      • ‘The dust particles also settle on the vegetation and farm plantations affecting and retarding growth of produce.’
      • ‘Some of the debris was still glowing and proceeded to roll down roofs to settle in gutters, on the ground, on window ledges and on cars.’
    4. 4.4 (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’
      • ‘Fine sediment remains in suspension much longer and travels far out to sea, where it settles slowly to the bottom.’
      • ‘I set off late to give the sediment time to settle, and I headed off from the jetty to the west side of the tiny island of Renggis nearby.’
      • ‘The silt is the next heaviest particle, and should settle during the next four hours.’
      • ‘The sediment load is settling out with the passage of time and the purifying influence of cattails and bulrushes.’
      • ‘Sediments that settle out of ballast water also stay behind.’
      • ‘I had no choice but to wait for the sediment to settle.’
      • ‘Fill a jug and leave it to stand until the sediment has settled, then use the clear water at the top.’
      • ‘Larger particles are supposed to settle to the bottom of the tanks, and eventually be sent to sewage treatment plants.’
      • ‘The pepper slowly settled to the bottom of the glass leaving a few grains on the surface which Bond dabbed up with the tip of a finger.’
      • ‘Clogged weirs slowed the current even more, encouraging ever-finer suspended sediments to settle.’
      • ‘Ideally, red and fortified wines should stand upright for about a week before the event to adjust slowly to the increased temperature and to enable any sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.’
      • ‘As a current slows, progressively smaller particles settle out and form fine-grained sediment.’
      • ‘The dispersed particles do not remain suspended indefinitely but eventually settle to the bottom of the container because of the gravitational pull.’
      • ‘Salt marshes form in shallow, quiet water, where the water is salty and still enough for the suspended particles to settle to the bottom.’
      • ‘Sedimentation makes heavier liquids or particles settle at the bottom of a container, as when sugar added to coffee settles at the bottom of the cup.’
      • ‘They also say that since it is so polluted, it must be stored in tanks until the sediments settle, at which point it can be processed, if necessary, through a sewage treatment plant.’
      • ‘In a muddy river such as the St. Jones, weirs slowed the current enough to allow even more suspended sediment to settle.’
      • ‘Rhynie fossils were preserved when mineral sediments settled around and on top of the organic matter and compressed them.’
      • ‘The sediment will settle in a thick layer at the bottom.’
      • ‘Begin by placing the cordial container on a level surface to allow the sediment to settle.’
      sink, subside, fall, gravitate
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    5. 4.5 (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’
      • ‘Allow the posts to stand several days and settle firmly in position before adding the fence.’
      • ‘That clock had been audible in the hall, especially at night when the house had settled.’
    6. 4.6 (of a ship or boat) sink gradually.
      • ‘In a patch of calm sea it hopped repeatedly until it settled and sank.’
      • ‘Yet more bombs further damaged the submarine, which began to settle by the stern.’
      • ‘All 130 passengers got off safely, and a salvage job removed some of the machinery to safety before the ship began to settle.’
      • ‘Scuttling teams hope she will settle upright, as have sister ships Perth in Western Australia and Hobart off South Australia, on the sandy seabed.’
      • ‘Although the rudder is amidships, it could simply have fallen to that line as the wreck settled to its starboard side.’

Phrases

  • settle one's affairs (or estate)

    • Make any necessary arrangements, such as writing a will, before one's death.

      • ‘By the time we traveled from Fyn to Pomen, Jerry had already settled his affairs and met us at the home of Durant's brother, James.’
      • ‘Though she was loathe to return to the city, she needed to settle her affairs there.’
      • ‘Please, let me go back to Rome to settle my affairs and say goodbye to my family.’
      • ‘During the meal, Ralph began to talk about how he wanted to settle his estate, but Alex wants to avoid the subject.’
      • ‘Damon obtains a respite of two months to return home in order to settle his affairs.’
      • ‘You have one hour to settle your affairs, and make any preparations.’
      • ‘Some return only to settle their affairs prior to leaving again.’
      • ‘Venning said: ‘He'd had a stroke by the time he wrote it and there's a sense he was looking to settle his affairs.’’
      • ‘Therefore I advise him to consider of it, and settle his affairs in time.’
      • ‘You settle your affairs and go home as soon as possible.’

Origin

Old English setlan ‘to seat, place’, from settle.

Pronunciation

settle

/ˈsedl//ˈsɛdl/

Main definitions of settle in US English:

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settle2

noun

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

    • ‘However, this suggests that your twin-seater was not a plain wooden settle, but almost certainly a settee, which at one time would have formed part of a suite.’
    • ‘She sat down aimlessly on a settle by the fireplace.’
    • ‘They have been flying out of her shop, which is why she has extended the range of Ercol reissues to include a settle, a dining table and a nest of tables.’

Origin

Old English setl ‘a place to sit’, of Germanic origin; related to German Sessel and Latin sella ‘seat’, also to sit.

Pronunciation

settle

/ˈsedl//ˈsɛdl/