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.

Primary Meanings of settle

1.
v
become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
2.
v
come to rest
3.
v
take up residence and become established
4.
v
become clear by the sinking of particles
5.
v
arrange or fix in the desired order
6.
n
a long wooden bench with a back
Full Definitions of settle
1

v 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”
Type of:
become, get, go
enter or assume a certain state or condition

v bring to an end; settle conclusively

Synonyms:
adjudicate, decide, resolve
Types:
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
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement

“The two parties finally settled
Type of:
agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

v dispose of; make a financial settlement

Types:
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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
Type of:
arrange, fix up
make arrangements for

v get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury

“I finally settled with my old enemy”
Synonyms:
get back
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

v settle conclusively; come to terms

“We finally settled the argument”
Synonyms:
determine, square off, square up
Types:
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clear, solve
settle, as of a debt
concert
settle by agreement
clinch
settle conclusively
compromise
settle by concession
Type of:
conclude, resolve
reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

v come to terms

Synonyms:
conciliate, make up, patch up, reconcile
Types:
appease, propitiate
make peace with
make peace
end hostilities
Type of:
agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

v accept despite lack of complete satisfaction

“We settled for a lower price”
Type of:
accept, consent, go for
give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
2

v come to rest

Type of:
halt, stop
come to a halt, stop moving

v settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground

“dust settled on the roofs”
Synonyms:
settle down
Types:
sediment
settle as sediment
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v fix firmly

Synonyms:
ensconce
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v come as if by falling

Synonyms:
descend, fall
fall
go as if by falling
Type of:
come
come to pass; arrive, as in due course
3

v take up residence and become established

“The immigrants settled in the Midwest”
Synonyms:
locate
Types:
colonise, colonize
settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)
resettle
settle in a new place

v 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
Types:
roost
settle down or stay, as if on a roost
Type of:
stabilise, stabilize
become stable or more stable

v establish or develop as a residence

“He settled the farm 200 years ago”
“This land was settled by Germans”
Type of:
build up, develop
change the use of and make available or usable

v form a community

“The Swedes settled in Minnesota”
Types:
homestead
settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
4

v become clear by the sinking of particles

“the liquid gradually settled
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v sink down or precipitate

Synonyms:
subside
Type of:
go down, go under, sink
go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

v cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)

Type of:
sink
cause to sink

v go under (water)

Synonyms:
go down, go under, sink
sink
cause to sink
Antonyms:
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
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
5

v arrange or fix in the desired order

“She settled the teacart”
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v make final; put the last touches on; put into final form

Synonyms:
finalise, finalize, nail down
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt
6

n a long wooden bench with a back

Synonyms:
settee
Type of:
bench
a long seat for more than one person

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