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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. make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; " let's finalize the proposal"
  7. get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury; " I finally settled with my old enemy"
  8. go under, " The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
  9. come to rest
  10. take up residence and become established; " The immigrants settled in the Midwest"
  11. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; " He finally settled down"
  12. a long wooden bench with a back
  13. dispose of; make a financial settlement
  14. 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"
  15. form a community; " The Swedes settled in Minnesota"
  16. establish or develop as a residence; " He settled the farm 200 years ago"; " This land was settled by Germans"
  17. end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement; " The two parties finally settled"
  18. accept despite complete satisfaction; " We settled for a lower price"
  19. settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground; " dust settled on the roofs"
  20. sink down or precipitate; " the mud subsides when the waters become calm"
  21. bring to an end; settle conclusively; " 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"
  22. arrange or fix in the desired order; " She settled the teacart"
  23. cause to become clear by forming a sediment ( of liquids)
  24. become clear by the sinking of particles; " the liquid gradually settled"
  25. A seat of any kind.
  26. A bench; especially, a bench with a high back.
  27. A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.
  34. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account.
  35. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill.
  36. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
  37. 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.
  38. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.
  39. To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.
  40. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.
  41. 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.
  42. To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing.
  43. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.
  44. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
  45. To become calm; to cease from agitation.
  46. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.
  47. To make a jointure for a wife.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. A highbacked bench.
  53. Settler.
  54. To determine.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. A long bench with a high back for sitting on: ( B.) also, a platform lower than another part.
  58. Long bench with a back.
  59. To become fixed; fix one's residence; grow clear; sink; adjust accounts.
  60. To fix; establish; make quiet or clear; decide; adjust; pay; colonise.
  61. To fix; determine; adjust; pay.
  62. To still; calm.
  63. To people; colonize.
  64. To become clarfied, as a liquid; sink. As dregs.
  65. To come to rest; adjust differences; subside.
  66. To fix one's abodc.
  67. To pay one's bill; adjust accounts by payment.
  68. Same as SETTEE.
  69. A long bench with a high back.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. A long seat or bench with a high back; a stool.
  73. 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.
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Quotes of settle

  1. I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us. – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely. – Thomas Babington
  3. Class action lawsuits are an important part of our legal system. All citizens should have the right to band together and settle grievances with bigger companies, but that system is broken and it needs fixing. – Thomas Carper
  4. This haunting idea of becoming a celebrity doesn't settle well with me at all. – Vincent D'Onofrio
  5. The People in this Town began to inquire my Business, and because I did not readily inform them, they began to suspect me, and said, that I was come to settle the Indian's Land and they knew I should never go Home again Safe. – Christopher Gist
  6. Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke. – W. Averell Harriman
  7. If you make a treaty first with the United States and settle the matter of the opium trade, England cannot change this, though she should desire to do so. – Townsend Harris
  8. There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman. – Karl Kraus
  9. The project to settle Palestinians here will be never be approved during my tenure regardless of the price. – Emile Lahoud
  10. But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep. – Karl Shapiro
  11. People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down. – James Taylor
  12. He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously. – Mary Lou Williams
  13. There definitely is that element of guys who like to party and have a good time and... putting off for as long as possible the idea that they'll actually have to settle down. – Luke Wilson

Usage examples for settle

  1. I shall have to settle with that young fool. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  2. 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
  3. That ought to settle the question. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  4. 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
  5. Do you mean that you will settle there altogether, and never come home any more? – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  6. The ship did not pay off, and appeared to settle down more into the water. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  7. 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
  8. I will send a money order for it this time, but you must settle it yourself next term. – The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories by Charles Weathers Bump
  9. To Miss Maggie things seemed to settle back into their old ways again then. – Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor Hodgman Porter
  10. She had too much to think of to be able to settle that question just now. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  11. That ought to settle the matter. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. She leaned against the back of the settle – The Lady of Fort St. John by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  13. 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
  14. " Going to settle a few hundred thou. – A Poached Peerage by William Magnay
  15. The lawyer must settle all that. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  16. Before she goes away we must settle how long you are to stay. – Miss Merivale's Mistake by Mrs. Henry Clarke
  17. We'll settle it between the two of us. – The Door Through Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  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
  19. 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
  20. I'm going to settle it to- night. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon

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