- To settle is defined as to put in order, set in place, pay a debt or to resolve a legal dispute.
- An example of settle is someone organizing their legal documents.
- An example of settle is dust falling to the ground after a sand storm.
- An example of settle is paying off a car loan.
settle definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English settel ; from Old English setl (akin to German sessel) ; from Indo-European an unverified form sedla- ; from base an unverified form sed- from source sit
- to put in order; arrange or adjust as desired: to settle one's affairs
- to set in place firmly or comfortably: to settle oneself in a chair
- to establish as a resident or residents: he settled his family in London
- to migrate to and set up a community in; colonize: New York was settled by the Dutch
- to cause to sink and become more dense and compact: the rain settled the dust
- to clarify (a liquid) by causing the sediment to sink to the bottom
- to free (the mind, nerves, stomach, etc.) from disturbance; calm or quiet
- to prevent from creating a disturbance or interfering, or from continuing in such action, as by a reprimand or a blow
- to make stable or permanent; establish
- to establish in business, office, work, marriage, etc.
- to fix definitely; determine or decide (something in doubt)
- to end (a dispute)
- to pay (a bill, debt, account, etc.)
- to make over (property, etc.) to someone by legal action: with on or upon
- to resolve (a legal dispute) by agreement between the parties
- to impregnate (a female): said of an animal
Origin: Middle English setlen ; from Old English setlan ; from setl, a seat: see settle
- to stop moving and stay in one place; come to rest
- to cast itself, as darkness, fog, etc. over a landscape, or gloom or silence over a person or group; descend
- to become localized in a given part of the body: said of pain or disease
- to take up permanent residence; make one's home
- to move downward; sink, esp. gradually: the car settled in the mud
- to become more dense or compact by sinking, as sediment or loose soil when shaken
- to become clearer by the settling of sediment or dregs
- to become more stable or composed; stop fluctuating or changing
- to reach an agreement or decision: usually with with, on, or upon
- ☆ to accept something in place of what is hoped for, demanded, etc.: with for: he'll settle for any kind of work
- to pay a bill or debt
settle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb set·tled, set·tling, set·tles verb, transitive
- To put into order; arrange or fix definitely as desired.
- To put firmly into a desired position or place; establish.
- a. To establish as a resident or residents: settled her family in Ohio.b. To establish residence in; colonize: Pioneers settled the West.c. To establish in a residence, business, or profession.
- To restore calmness or comfort to.
- a. To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest.b. To cause (a liquid) to become clear by forming a sediment.
- To subdue or make orderly.
- To establish on a permanent basis; stabilize.
- a. To make compensation for (a claim).b. To pay (a debt).
- To conclude (a dispute, for example) by a final decision.
- To decide (a lawsuit) by mutual agreement of the involved parties without court action.
- Law To secure or assign (property or title) by legal action.
- To discontinue moving and come to rest in one place.
- To move downward; sink or descend, especially gradually: Darkness settled over the fields. Dust settled in the road.
- a. To become clear by the sinking of suspended particles. Used of liquids.b. To be separated from a solution or mixture as a sediment.c. To become compact by sinking, as sediment when stirred up.
- a. To establish one's residence: settled in Canada.b. To become established or localized: The cold settled in my chest.
- To reach a decision; determine: We finally settled on a solution to the problem. See Synonyms at decide.
- To come to an agreement, especially to resolve a lawsuit out of court.
- a. To provide compensation for a claim.b. To pay a debt.
Origin: Middle English setlen, to seat, from Old English setlan, from setl, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
- setˈtle·a·ble adjective
settle - Business Definition
- In law, to resolve a dispute between a plaintiff and a defendant.
- To pay an obligation.
- To finalize a securities transaction by transferring cash to the seller and the security to the buyer.
settle - Investment & Finance Definition
settle - Phrases/Idioms
- to take up permanent residence, a regular job, etc.; lead a more routine, stable life, as after marriage
- to become less nervous, restless, or erratic
- to become calm as by diminishing in force
- to apply oneself steadily or attentively
settle (one's) stomach