Definitions for: Settle


[n] a long wooden bench with a back
[v] make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let's finalize the proposal"
[v] 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"
[v] come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell"
[v] take up residence and become established; "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"
[v] form a community; "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"
[v] become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
[v] establish or develop as a residence; "He settled the farm 200 years ago"; "This land was settled by Germans"
[v] 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"
[v] settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument"
[v] end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement; "The two parties finally settled"
[v] come to terms; "After some discussion we finally made up"
[v] accept despite complete satisfaction; "We settled for a lower price"
[v] get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury; "I finally settled with my old enemy"
[v] arrange or fix in the desired order; "She settled the teacart"
[v] fix firmly; "He ensconced himself in the chair"
[v] sink down or precipitate; "the mud subsides when the waters become calm"
[v] cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
[v] become clear by the sinking of particles; of liquids
[v] come to rest
[v] settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground; "dust settled on the roofs"
[v] go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
[v] dispose of; make a financial settlement



Webster (1913) Definition: Set"tle, n. [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin
to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit.
[root]154. See Sit.]
1. A seat of any kind. [Obs.] ``Upon the settle of his
majesty'' --Hampole.

2. A bench; especially, a bench with a high back.

3. A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform
lower than some other part.

And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the
lower settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth
one cubit. --Ezek. xliii.
14.

Settle bed, a bed convertible into a seat. [Eng.]


Set"tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Settled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Settling.] [OE. setlen, AS. setlan. [root]154. See
Settle, n. In senses 7, 8, and 9 perhaps confused with OE.
sahtlen to reconcile, AS. sahtlian, fr. saht reconciliation,
sacon to contend, dispute. Cf. Sake.]
1. 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.

And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him,
until he was ashamed. --2 Kings
viii. 11.
(Rev. Ver.)

The father thought the time drew on Of setting in
the world his only son. --Dryden.

2. 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. [U. S.]

3. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to
render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.

God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.
--Chapman.

Hoping that sleep might settle his brains. --Bunyan.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

It will settle the wavering, and confirm the
doubtful. --Swift.

8. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to
compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.

9. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to
settle an account.

10. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill. [Colloq.] --Abbott.

11. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as,
the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New
England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.

To settle on or upon, to confer upon by permanent grant;
to assure to. ``I . . . have settled upon him a good
annuity.'' --Addison.

To settle the land (Naut.), to cause it to sink, or appear
lower, by receding from it.

Syn: To fix; establish; regulate; arrange; compose; adjust;
determine; decide.


Set"tle, v. i.
1. 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.

The wind came about and settled in the west.
--Bacon.

Chyle . . . runs through all the intermediate colors
until it settles in an intense red. --Arbuthnot.

2. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or
home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.

3. To enter into the married state, or the state of a
householder.

As people marry now and settle. --Prior.

4. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to
settle in the practice of law.

5. 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.

6. To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify
by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather
settled; wine settles by standing.

A government, on such occasions, is always thick
before it settles. --Addison.

7. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of
a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.

8. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the
foundation of a house, etc.

9. To become calm; to cease from agitation.

Till the fury of his highness settle, Come not
before him. --Shak.

10. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an
agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.

11. To make a jointure for a wife.

He sighs with most success that settles well.
--Garth.

Synonyms: adjudicate, conciliate, decide, descend, determine, ensconce, fall, finalise, finalize, get back, halt, locate, make up, nail down, patch up, reconcile, resolve, root, settee, settle down, settle down, square off, square up, steady down, subside, take root

Antonyms: float, swim

See Also: accept, adjust, agree, appease, arrange, arrange, become, bench, change, clean up, clear, colonise, colonize, come, come down, compensate, compromise, concert, conclude, concord, concur, consent, descend, develop, end, end, fall, fight, filter, fix up, fixate, founder, get, go, go down, go for, go under, hold, homestead, judge, lay, lay, liquidate, make peace, make up, migrate, move, pay, pay off, percolate, permeate, place, place, pose, pose, position, position, propitiate, prorate, put, put, resettle, resolve, roost, sediment, set, set, set up, settle, settle on, sink, sink in, square, stabilise, stabilize, stop, struggle, submerge, submerse, terminate, terminate, transmigrate

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