settle meaning

[ 'setl ] Pronunciation:   "settle" in a sentence
  • Verb: settle  setl
    1. Settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground
      "dust settled on the roofs"
    Noun: settle  setl
    1. A long wooden bench with a back
      - settee

    Derived forms: settles, settled, settling

    See also: settle on, settlement, settler, settling, settlings

    Type of: accept, agree, arrange, become, bench, build up, change, come, come down, conclude, concord, concur, consent, contend, descend, develop, end, fall, fight, fix up, get, go, go down, go for, halt, hold, lay, place, pose, position, put, resolve, set, set up, sink, stabilise [Brit], stabilize, stop, struggle, terminate

    Encyclopedia: Settle, England Settle Settle, Yorkshire Settle, North Yorkshire

  • [American slang]
    to end a disagreement and reach an agreement without having to go through trial in a court of justice.
      The plaintiff and defendant decided to settle before the trial.
      Mary and Sue settled out of court before the trial.

  • [Business]

    1 [+ obj]

    to pay money that you owe:

    Most of our customers settle their accounts on time.

    The media empire was broken up in order to settle the debts.

    2 [+ obj or no obj]

    to put an end to an argument or a disagreement:

    The union want to hold talks with management to settle the dispute.

    The companies have now settled their differences following a dispute over contracts.

    There is pressure on the unions to settle.

    3 [+ obj] (often be settled)

    to decide or arrange sth finally:

    So we'll travel on May 22nd. Is that settled then?

    4 [no obj]

    if prices, etc. settle, they stop rising or falling and stay the same for a period of time:

    The price for crude oil has settled at $34.4 a barrel.

    5 [no obj]

    to sink slowly down:

    The contents of this package may settle in transit.


    settle for sth

    to accept sth that is not satisfactory but is the best that is available:

    The union wanted a 5% pay increase, but had to settle for 3%.

    settle on sth

    to choose or make a decision about sth after thinking about it:

    We haven't yet settled on a name for our new brand.

    settle up (with sb)

    to pay sb the money you owe them:

    I'll pay for the meal and we'll settle up afterwards.

  • [Medicine]
    vb set·tled; set·tling vt of an animal : IMPREGNATE 1a
    ¦ vi of an animal : CONCEIVE


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  1. the weather became finer and more settled.
  2. we should settle the business on hand first.
  3. have you settled how it will be done?
  4. most of shanghai city is thickly settled.
  5. he settled part of his estate on his son.

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