The hot tea settled his nerves.
He settled his family in London.
Darkness settled over the fields. Dust settled in the road.
We finally settled on a solution to the problem.
To settle one's affairs.
To settle oneself in a chair.
New York was settled by the Dutch.
The rain settled the dust.
The car settled in the mud.
To settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee.
Clear weather settles the roads.
To settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it.
To settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance.
To settle a quarrel.
To settle an account.
The French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
The Saxons who settled in Britain.
To settle in the practice of law.
The weather settled; wine settles by standing.
He has settled with his creditors.
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.
The ball settled in the grass near the green.
The roads settled late in the spring.
- To relieve one's indigestion or nausea.
- To silence or subdue.
- 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.
- To determine what is owed and make the necessary adjustments.
Origin of settle
- Middle English setlen to seat from Old English setlan from setl seat sed- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition