Definitions of settle

  1. bring to an end; settle conclusively, as of a conflict; " The case was decided"; " The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; " The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
  2. come to terms; " After some discussion we finally made up"
  3. come as if by falling; " Night fell"; " Silence fell"
  4. settle conclusively; come to terms; " We finally settled the argument"
  5. fix firmly; " He ensconced himself in the chair"
  6. get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury; " I finally settled with my old enemy"
  7. go under, " The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
  8. come to rest
  9. take up residence and become established; " The immigrants settled in the Midwest"
  10. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; " He finally settled down"
  11. dispose of; make a financial settlement
  12. 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"
  13. form a community; " The Swedes settled in Minnesota"
  14. establish or develop as a residence; " He settled the farm 200 years ago"; " This land was settled by Germans"
  15. end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement; " The two parties finally settled"
  16. accept despite complete satisfaction; " We settled for a lower price"
  17. settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground; " dust settled on the roofs"
  18. arrange or fix in the desired order; " She settled the teacart"
  19. cause to become clear by forming a sediment ( of liquids)
  20. become clear by the sinking of particles; " the liquid gradually settled"
  21. A seat of any kind.
  22. A bench; especially, a bench with a high back.
  23. A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
  24. To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; esp., to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like.
  25. To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish; as, to settle a minister.
  26. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
  27. To cause to sink; to lower; to depress; hence, also, to render close or compact; as, to settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it.
  28. To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from unscertainty or wavering; to make sure, firm, or constant; to establish; to compose; to quiet; as, to settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance.
  29. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.
  30. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account.
  31. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill.
  32. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
  33. To become fixed or permanent; to become stationary; to establish one's self or itself; to assume a lasting form, condition, direction, or the like, in place of a temporary or changing state.
  34. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.
  35. To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.
  36. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.
  37. To become firm, dry, and hard, as the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared; as, the roads settled late in the spring.
  38. To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing.
  39. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.
  40. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
  41. To become calm; to cease from agitation.
  42. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.
  43. To make a jointure for a wife.
  44. To clear of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink; to render pure or clear; - said of a liquid; as, to settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee.
  45. To restore or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition; - said of the ground, of roads, and the like; as, clear weather settles the roads.
  46. To place in a fixed state; establish; as, the family were settled in a new home; free from doubt or uncertainty; as, to settle a difficult problem; to quiet; as, to settle one's nerves; to make up, as a quarrel; adjust the balance of, as an account; pay; as, to settle a bill; make pure or clear of dregs; as, to settle coffee; colonize; as, the Quakers settled Pennsylvania.
  47. To become fixed, or permanent; descend or stop; grow calm or clear; sink to the bottom, or by its own weight; adjust differences or accounts; marry and establish a home.
  48. A highbacked bench.
  49. To determine.
  50. To set or place in a fixed state: to fix: to establish in a situation or business: to render quiet, clear, etc.: to decide: to free from uncertainty: to quiet: to compose: to fix by gift or legal act: to adjust: to liquidate or pay: to colonize.
  51. To become fixed or stationary: to fix one's residence: to grow calm or clear: to sink by its own weight: to sink to the bottom: to cease from agitation: to adjust differences or accounts.
  52. A long bench with a high back for sitting on: ( B.) also, a platform lower than another part.
  53. Long bench with a back.
  54. To become fixed; fix one's residence; grow clear; sink; adjust accounts.
  55. To fix; establish; make quiet or clear; decide; adjust; pay; colonise.
  56. To fix; determine; adjust; pay.
  57. To still; calm.
  58. To people; colonize.
  59. To become clarfied, as a liquid; sink. As dregs.
  60. To come to rest; adjust differences; subside.
  61. To fix one's abodc.
  62. To pay one's bill; adjust accounts by payment.
  63. Same as SETTEE.
  64. A long bench with a high back.
  65. To place in a permanent condition; to establish; to establish in business; to marry, as a daughter; to determine; to render fixed; to make compact; to fix by gift or grant; to fix firmly; to cause to sink or subside; to compose; to ordain; to colonize; to adjust; to liquidate.
  66. To fall to the bottom of liquor; to subside; to deposit; to fix one's habitation; to marry and establish a domestic state; to become fixed, stationary, or permanent; to become calm; to adjust differences or accounts.
  67. A long seat or bench with a high back; a stool.
  68. To fix or establish in business, or in any way of life; to establish; to confirm; to make close or compact; to tranquillise; to fix by gift or legal act, as an annuity; to colonise; to establish or ordain over a church or parish; to close by amicable agreement or otherwise, as a dispute; to balance or pay, as an account; to sink or fall to the bottom, as dregs or impurities; to become stationary or permanent; to quit an irregular for a methodical or regular life; to grow or become calm after agitation; to marry and establish a domestic state; to sink by its own weight, as a building; to subside; to rest or repose.

Usage examples for settle

  1. That ought to settle the question. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  2. That ought to settle the matter. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. I wish 'twas somebody to take her off an' give her a kind of a good time; she's young to settle down 'long of old folks like us. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  4. She leaned against the back of the settle. – The Lady of Fort St. John by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  5. To Miss Maggie things seemed to settle back into their old ways again then. – Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor Hodgman Porter
  6. Go and fetch whatever you will need for the night; it will be a night spent in sitting- up, not in bed; and I will settle with the good woman. – Christina by L. G. Moberly
  7. Before she goes away we must settle how long you are to stay. – Miss Merivale's Mistake by Mrs. Henry Clarke
  8. I'm going to settle it to- night. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. The ship did not pay off, and appeared to settle down more into the water. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  10. She had too much to think of to be able to settle that question just now. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  11. I want you to know the truth, and realize what you're doing; then if you go on in this way, you must settle it with your own conscience; and with a homely pathos all her own she told the whole story. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  12. Do you mean that you will settle there altogether, and never come home any more? – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  13. We'll settle it between the two of us. – The Door Through Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  14. He must set off at once and settle the matter one way or the other. – Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life by Arthur Conan Doyle
  15. The lawyer must settle all that. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  16. I shall have to settle with that young fool. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  17. It was also quite certain that Kitty meant to settle things now, in so far as it could be done. – You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  18. It seemed as if they could never settle down enough to think of sleep. – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston