settle Definition

  • 1to resolve or reach an agreement about something
  • 2to establish a home or residence
  • 3to calm down or become quiet

Using settle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "settle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to settle this dispute before it gets out of hand.

  • Example

    After years of traveling, she finally settled in a small town in Italy.

  • Example

    The baby finally settled down and fell asleep.

settle Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using settle

  • a matter that has been decided and is no longer open to debate or discussion


    The issue of who will inherit the family business is a settled question.

  • settle someone's hash

    to defeat or punish someone


    The boxer was determined to settle his opponent's hash in the ring.

  • to get revenge or pay back someone for a past wrong


    He was determined to settle the score with his former business partner.

Phrases with settle

  • to accept something less than what one wants or deserves


    I really wanted the blue dress, but I had to settle for the green one.

  • to become established or comfortable in a new place or situation


    It took a few weeks, but we finally settled in to our new apartment.

  • settle up

    to pay what is owed or to come to a final agreement or resolution


    Before we leave, we need to settle up with the restaurant for our meal.

Origins of settle

from Old English 'setlan', meaning 'to place, put'


Summary: settle in Brief

The verb 'settle' [ˈsɛtl] has multiple meanings, including resolving or reaching an agreement, establishing a home or residence, and calming down. It can be used in phrases like 'settle for,' 'settle in,' and 'settle up,' and idioms like 'a settled question,' 'settle someone's hash,' and 'settle the score.'

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