What does settle mean?

Definitions for settle
ˈsɛt lset·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word settle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. settle, settee(verb)

    a long wooden bench with a back

  2. settle, settle down(verb)

    settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground

    "dust settled on the roofs"

  3. decide, settle, resolve, adjudicate(verb)

    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"

  4. settle, square off, square up, determine(verb)

    settle conclusively; come to terms

    "We finally settled the argument"

  5. settle, locate(verb)

    take up residence and become established

    "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"

  6. reconcile, patch up, make up, conciliate, settle(verb)

    come to terms

    "After some discussion we finally made up"

  7. sink, settle, go down, go under(verb)

    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

  8. settle, root, take root, steady down, settle down(verb)

    become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style

    "He finally settled down"

  9. settle(verb)

    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"

  10. settle(verb)

    establish or develop as a residence

    "He settled the farm 200 years ago"; "This land was settled by Germans"

  11. settle(verb)

    come to rest

  12. settle(verb)

    arrange or fix in the desired order

    "She settled the teacart"

  13. settle(verb)

    accept despite lack of complete satisfaction

    "We settled for a lower price"

  14. settle(verb)

    end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement

    "The two parties finally settled"

  15. settle(verb)

    dispose of; make a financial settlement

  16. settle(verb)

    become clear by the sinking of particles

    "the liquid gradually settled"

  17. settle(verb)

    cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)

  18. subside, settle(verb)

    sink down or precipitate

    "the mud subsides when the waters become calm"

  19. ensconce, settle(verb)

    fix firmly

    "He ensconced himself in the chair"

  20. settle, get back(verb)

    get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury

    "I finally settled with my old enemy"

  21. finalize, finalise, settle, nail down(verb)

    make final; put the last touches on; put into final form

    "let's finalize the proposal"

  22. settle(verb)

    form a community

    "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"

  23. fall, descend, settle(verb)

    come as if by falling

    "Night fell"; "Silence fell"

Wiktionary

  1. settle(Noun)

    A seat of any kind.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  2. settle(Noun)

    A long bench, often with a high back and arms, with storage space underneath for linen.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  3. settle(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  4. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  5. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  6. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  7. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  8. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  9. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  10. settle(Verb)

    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; as, to settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  11. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  12. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  13. settle(Verb)

    To pay; as, to settle a bill. --Abbott.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  14. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  15. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  16. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  17. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  18. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  19. settle(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  20. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  21. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  22. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  23. settle(Verb)

    To become calm; to cease from agitation.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  24. settle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

  25. settle(Verb)

    To make a jointure for a wife.

    Etymology: From Old English setl, from *setla-, representing sed-lo-, from . Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Settle(noun)

    a seat of any kind

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  2. Settle(noun)

    a bench; especially, a bench with a high back

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  3. Settle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  4. Settle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  5. Settle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  6. Settle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  7. Settle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  8. Settle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  9. Settle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  10. Settle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  11. Settle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  12. Settle(noun)

    to adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  13. Settle(noun)

    hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  14. Settle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  15. Settle(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  16. Settle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  17. Settle(verb)

    to enter into the married state, or the state of a householder

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  18. Settle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  19. Settle(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  20. Settle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  21. Settle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  22. Settle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  23. Settle(verb)

    to become calm; to cease from agitation

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  24. Settle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

  25. Settle(verb)

    to make a jointure for a wife

    Etymology: [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. 154. See Sit.]

Freebase

  1. Settle

    Settle is a small market town and civil parish within the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is served by the Settle railway station, which is located near the town centre, and Giggleswick railway station which is a mile away. It is 29 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport. The main road running through Settle is the B6480, which links to the A65, connecting Settle to Skipton and Kendal. The town has a population of 2,421 according to the 2001 Census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Settle

    set′l, v.t. to set or place in a fixed state: to fix: to establish in a situation or business: to render quiet, clear, &c.: to decide: to free from uncertainty: to quiet: to compose: to fix by gift or legal act: to adjust: to liquidate or pay: to colonise.—v.i. to become fixed or stationary: to fix one's residence or habits of life (often with down): to grow calm or clear: to sink by its own weight: to sink to the bottom: to cease from agitation.—adj. Sett′led, fixed, firmly seated or decided: quiet, sober.—ns. Sett′ledness; Sett′lement, act of settling: state of being settled: payment: arrangement: a colony newly settled: a subsidence or sinking of a wall, &c.: a sum newly settled on a woman at her marriage; Sett′ler, one who settles: a colonist; Sett′ling, the act of making a settlement: the act of subsiding: the adjustment of differences: sediment: dregs; Sett′ling-day, a date fixed by the Stock Exchange for the completion of transactions—in consols, once a month; in all other stocks, twice a month, each settlement occupying three days (contango-day, name-day, and pay-day). [A.S. setlan, to fix—setl, a seat.]

  2. Settle

    set′l, v.t. to decide, conclude: to fix, appoint: regulate: to pay, balance: to restore to good order.—v.i. to adjust differences or accounts: to meet one's pecuniary obligations fully. [A.S. sahtlian, to reconcile, saht, reconciliation—sacan, to contend. Confused in both form and meaning with the preceding.]

  3. Settle

    set′l, n. a long high-backed bench for sitting on: (B.) also, a platform lower than another part.—n. Sett′le-bed, a bed which is folded or shut up so as to form a seat by day. [A.S. setlsittan, to sit; Ger. sessel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. settle

    Now termed the stern-sheets [derived from the Anglo-Saxon settl, a seat].--To settle. To lower; also to sink, as "the deck has settled;" "we settled the land." (See LAYING.) "Settle the main top-sail halliards," i.e. ease them off a little, so as to lower the yard, as on shaking out a reef.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'settle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3905

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    Rank popularity for the word 'settle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3462

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settle' in Verbs Frequency: #285

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of settle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of settle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of settle in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    For those of you who watched the game against the Wizards last night, it was, to use slang, he was clowning. He was all jumping up and down, just settle down.

  2. Barack Obama:

    What President Barack Obama've said to them is that if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that's a problem, and we're not sending them obscure messages, we send them very direct messages about it. My hope is generally that we can settle down the situation in Yemen.

  3. Howard Erichson:

    the company has to be drawn to finding a way to settle the bulk of the remaining cases.

  4. Jenny Radesky:

    The biggest takeaway for parents is that sleep is part of self-regulation. We need to wake our brains up, and settle them back down. We need to handle fears and separation from our loved ones, for this reason, sleep is usually much harder for children with self-regulation problems in early childhood -- whether due to anxiety, early ADHD, sensory integration challenges, trauma or lots of other developmental differences that may not rise to the level of a diagnostic label.

  5. Randy Frederick:

    If things don't settle down in China, we could have another ugly open (Tuesday) and you wouldn't want to be caught holding positions you bought this morning.

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