- 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.
Origin of settleMiddle 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
transitive verbsettled, settling
- 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 of settleMiddle 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
- 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
verbset·tled, set·tling, set·tles
- To end or resolve (a dispute, for example) by making a decision or coming to an agreement. See Synonyms at decide.
- Law a. To resolve (a lawsuit or dispute) by mutual agreement of the parties rather than by court decision.b. To make the determinations and distributions of (a trust).
- a. To make compensation for (a claim).b. To pay (a debt).
- a. To put into order; arrange as desired: settle one's affairs.b. To place or arrange in a desired position: settled the blanket over the baby; settled herself in an armchair.c. To agree to or fix in advance: settled the date of the meeting in June.
- a. To establish as a resident or residents: settled her family in Ohio.b. To migrate to and establish residence in; colonize: Pioneers settled the West.c. To establish in a residence, business, or profession: was finally settled in his own law practice.
- To restore calmness or comfort to: The hot tea settled his nerves.
- a. To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest: shook the box to settle the raffle tickets.b. To cause (a liquid) to become clear by forming a sediment.
- To discontinue moving and come to rest in one place: The ball settled in the grass near the green.
- 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; decide: We finally settled on a solution to the problem.
- 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 of settleMiddle English setlen, to seat, from Old English setlan, from setl, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
c. 1865 English settle by
Philip Webb (1831–1915)
(third-person singular simple present settles, present participle settling, simple past and past participle settled)
- To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like.
- To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
- To clear of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink; to render pure or clear; -- said of a liquid
- to settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee
- To restore or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition; -- said of the ground, of roads, and the like.
- clear weather settles the roads
- To cause to sink; to lower; to depress; hence, also, to render close or compact.
- to settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it
- To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from uncertainty or wavering; to make sure, firm, or constant; to establish; to compose; to quiet.
- to settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance
- To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify.
- to settle a quarrel
- (archaic) To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance.
- to settle an account
- (colloquial) To pay.
- To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people.
- the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
- (intransitive) 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.
- (intransitive) To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home.
- the Saxons who settled in Britain
- (intransitive) To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.
- (intransitive) To be established in an employment or profession.
- to settle in the practice of law
- (intransitive) To become firm, dry, and hard, as the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared.
- the roads settled late in the spring.
- (intransitive) To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension.
- the weather settled; wine settles by standing
- (intransitive) To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reservoir.
- (intransitive) To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
- (intransitive) To become calm; to cease from agitation.
- (intransitive) To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement.
- He has settled with his creditors.