the act of a person or thing that settles.
Usually, settlings. sediment.
verb (used with object), settled, settling.
to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions).
to place in a desired state or in order:
to settle one’s affairs.
to pay, as a bill.
to close (an account) by payment.
to migrate to and organize (an area, territory, etc.); colonize:
The pilgrims settled Plymouth.
to cause to take up residence:
They settled immigrants in urban areas.
to furnish (a place) with inhabitants or settlers:
The French settled this colony with army veterans.
to quiet, calm, or bring to rest (the nerves, stomach, etc.).
to stop from annoying or opposing:
A sharp word will settle that youngster.
to conclude or resolve:
to settle a dispute.
to make stable; place in a permanent position or on a permanent basis.
to cause (a liquid) to become clear by depositing dregs.
to cause (dregs, sediment, etc.) to sink or be deposited.
to cause to sink down gradually; make firm or compact.
to dispose of finally; close up:
to settle an estate.
to secure (property, title, etc.) on or to a person by formal or legal process.
to terminate (legal proceedings) by mutual consent of the parties.
verb (used without object), settled, settling.
to decide, arrange, or agree (often followed by on or upon):
to settle on a plan of action.
to arrange matters in dispute; come to an agreement:
to settle with a person.
to pay a bill; make a financial arrangement (often followed by up).
to take up residence in a new country or place:
Many Frenchmen settled along the Mississippi River following La Salle’s explorations.
to come to rest, as from flight:
A bird settled on a bough.
to gather, collect, or become fixed in a particular place, direction, etc.:
A cold settled in my head.
to become calm or composed (often followed by down):
I’ll wait until the class settles before starting the lesson.
to come to rest (often followed by down):
We settled down for the night at an old country inn.
to sink down gradually; subside.
to become clear by the sinking of suspended particles, as a liquid.
to sink to the bottom, as sediment.
to become firm or compact, as the ground.
(of a female animal) to become pregnant; conceive.
to become established in some routine, especially upon marrying, after a period of independence or indecision.
to become calm or quiet.
to apply oneself to serious work:
There were so many distractions that we weren’t able to settle down to studying.
settle for, to be satisfied with:
to settle for less.
settle into, to become established in:
to settle into a new routine.
(transitive) to put in order; arrange in a desired state or condition: he settled his affairs before he died
to arrange or be arranged in a fixed or comfortable position: he settled himself by the fire
(intransitive) to come to rest or a halt: a bird settled on the hedge
to take up or cause to take up residence: the family settled in the country
to establish or become established in a way of life, job, residence, etc
(transitive) to migrate to and form a community; colonize
to make or become quiet, calm, or stable
(intransitive) to be cast or spread; come down: fog settled over a wide area
to make (a liquid) clear or (of a liquid) to become clear; clarify
to cause (sediment) to sink to the bottom, as in a liquid, or (of sediment) to sink thus
to subside or cause to subside and become firm or compact: the dust settled
(sometimes foll by up) to pay off or account for (a bill, debt, etc)
(transitive) to decide, conclude, or dispose of: to settle an argument
(intransitive; often foll by on or upon) to agree or fix: to settle upon a plan
(transitive; usually foll by on or upon) to secure (title, property, etc) to a person, as by making a deed of settlement, will, etc: he settled his property on his wife
to determine (a legal dispute, etc) by agreement of the parties without resort to court action (esp in the phrase settle out of court)
a seat, for two or more people, usually made of wood with a high back and arms, and sometimes having a storage space in the boxlike seat
noun 1. the act of a person or thing that settles. 2. Usually, settlings. sediment. plural noun 1. any matter or substance that has settled at the bottom of a liquid; sediment; dregs
noun 1. a tank for holding liquid until particles suspended in it settle.
noun, Law. 1. a person who makes a settlement of property. noun 1. (law) a person who settles property on someone
noun, plural set-tos. 1. a usually brief, sharp fight or argument. set-to