settle

To settle means to come to order or rest, much as snow settles on the ground or dust settles on the dining room table.

Settle has a number of meanings. After moving several times, you'll wish your parents would settle in one place for the rest of your school years. Have you ever heard your house creaking or groaning? That's the house settling. When adults tell children to calm down, they'll often say, "Settle down kids!" And as a legal term, you settle a lawsuit when the accuser and the accused come to an agreement without going to court.

Definitions of settle
  1. verb
    become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
    “The roar settled to a thunder”
    “The wind settled in the West”
    “it is settling to rain”
    “A cough settled in her chest”
    “Her mood settled into lethargy”
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    become, get, go
    enter or assume a certain state or condition
  2. verb
    bring to an end; settle conclusively
    synonyms: adjudicate, decide, dispose, resolve
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    judge
    determine the result of (a competition)
    adjust
    decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
    referee, umpire
    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  3. verb
    end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement
    “The two parties finally settled
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    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
  4. verb
    dispose of; make a financial settlement
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    prorate
    make a proportional settlement or distribution
    pay
    discharge or settle
    square
    pay someone and settle a debt
    compensate, make up, pay, pay off
    do or give something to somebody in return
    liquidate
    settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off
    clean up
    dispose of
    ante up, pay, pay up
    cancel or discharge a debt
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    arrange, fix up
    make arrangements for
  5. verb
    get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury
    “I finally settled with my old enemy”
    synonyms: get back
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    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
  6. verb
    settle conclusively; come to terms
    “We finally settled the argument”
    synonyms: determine, square off, square up
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    clear, solve
    settle, as of a debt
    concert
    settle by agreement
    clinch
    settle conclusively
    compromise
    settle by concession
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    conclude, resolve
    reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
  7. verb
    come to terms
    synonyms: conciliate, make up, patch up, reconcile
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    appease, propitiate
    make peace with
    make peace
    end hostilities
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    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
  8. verb
    accept despite lack of complete satisfaction
    “We settled for a lower price”
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    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  9. verb
    come to rest
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    halt, stop
    come to a halt, stop moving
  10. verb
    settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground
    “dust settled on the roofs”
    synonyms: settle down
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    sediment
    settle as sediment
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  11. verb
    fix firmly
    synonyms: ensconce
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  12. verb
    come as if by falling
    synonyms: descend, fall
    fall
    go as if by falling
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    come
    come to pass; arrive, as in due course
  13. verb
    take up residence and become established
    “The immigrants settled in the Midwest”
    synonyms: locate
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    colonise, colonize
    settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)
    resettle
    settle in a new place
  14. verb
    become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
    “He finally settled down”
    synonyms: root, settle down, steady down, take root
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    roost
    settle down or stay, as if on a roost
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    stabilise, stabilize
    become stable or more stable
  15. verb
    establish or develop as a residence
    “He settled the farm 200 years ago”
    “This land was settled by Germans”
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    build up, develop
    change the use of and make available or usable
  16. verb
    form a community
    “The Swedes settled in Minnesota”
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    homestead
    settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
  17. verb
    become clear by the sinking of particles
    “the liquid gradually settled
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  18. verb
    sink down or precipitate
    synonyms: subside
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    go down, go under, sink
    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
  19. verb
    cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
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    sink
    cause to sink
  20. verb
    go under (water)
    synonyms: go down, go under, sink
    sink
    cause to sink
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    float, swim
    be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
    float
    move lightly, as if suspended
    float
    set afloat
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    subside
    sink down or precipitate
    founder
    sink below the surface
    submerge, submerse
    sink below the surface; go under or as if under water
    dive
    plunge into water
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    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  21. verb
    arrange or fix in the desired order
    “She settled the teacart”
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  22. verb
    make final; put the last touches on; put into final form
    synonyms: finalise, finalize, nail down
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  23. noun
    a long wooden bench with a back
    synonyms: settee
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    bench
    a long seat for more than one person
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