- 1 [with object] Resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem): the unions have settled their year-long dispute with Hollywood producersMore example sentences
- Surely the company already had it on file and surely it was easy to settle the problem if the company wanted to.
- Is it any wonder arguments are never settled and disputes always confused?
- This could settle the irrigation problem of the area to a great extent.
- 1.1End (a legal dispute) by mutual agreement: if the dispute was not settled it was possible there would be strike action [no object]: he sued for libel and then settled out of courtMore example sentences
- It was a genuine legal dispute that was settled without a judge ruling.
- I will ask attorneys to help the students settle any legal disputes stemming from this incident.
- To settle legal disputes via legal means is the best way.
- 1.2Reach a decision about; determine: exactly what goes into the legislation has not been settled [no object]: they had not yet settled on a date for the weddingMore example sentences
- All in all, by the time Shirley had left, little had been settled on, and Charlie was even more tired than before.
- Many delegates are complaining that most of the persons to be elected had been settled on by the major parties some time ago.
- Naturally, a strongest front pairing should be settled on.
- 1.3 [no object] (settle for) Accept or agree to (something that one considers to be less than satisfactory): it was too cold for champagne so they settled for a cup of teaMore example sentences
- They went to a more posh high school and I settled for the one down the road with considerably fewer amenities.
- And, when the scores were level near the end, instead of settling for a draw they went for a win, and gained it.
- Fey, instead, settles for making fun of her subjects and simply accepting the fact that they're mean girls.
- 2 [with object] Pay (a debt or account): his bill was settled by charge card [no object]: I settled up with your brother for my board and lodgingMore example sentences
- Interest on the loan rolls up, and then the debt is settled when the property is finally sold.
- By the time the agreements expired late last year, none of the former bank owners had fully settled their debts.
- We were renting in Hamburg and after settling our debts we had only about £5,000 left.
- 2.1 (settle something on) Give money or property to (someone) through a deed of settlement or a will: he offered to settle £150 a year on herMore example sentences
- If I create a trust to dispose of all of my rights and interests, and I settle them on trustees, that is a trust despite the fact that it is not spelt out.
- 3 [no object] Adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home: one day I will settle down and raise a familyMore example sentences
- New York was going to be my new home; I'd get a steady job and settle down, start a family.
- Residential complexes rose as officers posted in Shimla decided to settle down there.
- He wished he had chosen a career where he could settle down permanently with a wife.
- 3.1 [with adverbial of place] Make one’s permanent home somewhere: in 1863 the family settled in LondonMore example sentences
- He grew up in Juarez and spent several years abroad before returning to Mexico to settle permanently with his family.
- Arcus had offices in Bangalore, Singapore and in Fremont, California, where Bhattacharya and his family settled around two decades ago.
- Jim Ronan, Bekan, who died recently, was a popular and esteemed gentleman in the parish of Bekan since the family settled there in 1967.
- 3.2 [with object] Establish a colony in: European immigrants settled much of AustraliaMore example sentences
- When the colonies were first settled, he wrote, the towns sometimes provided relief for their care.
- One of our favorite neighborhoods is Lincoln Square on the northwest side, originally settled by German immigrants.
- Other historic areas include Vincennes, on the site of a French fort, and New Harmony to the south, settled by German immigrants.
- 3.3Begin to feel comfortable or established in a new situation: he had settled into his new jobMore example sentences
- As people settled into established societies many centuries ago, they began looking for ways to protect their crops.
- Later the Academy went back to the jury system and now seems settled into a fairly established routine without too many gaffes.
- Once the enemy has settled in and established their borders, they will begin to look for us.
- 3.4 (settle down to) Turn one’s attention to; apply oneself to: Catherine settled down to her studiesMore example sentences
- Making camp and starting a nice fire, we settle down to more of my nightly lessons.
- Claudette couldn't concentrate on the epistle or the gospel, couldn't settle down to the rosary.
- And this is what we can settle down to in weeks ahead.
- 3.5Become or make calmer or quieter: [no object]: after a few months the controversy settled down [with object]: try to settle your puppy down before going to bedMore example sentences
- For the first time I settled down, got calm and gained just a teensy bit of perspective.
- However, at the actual vet's surgery he was very quiet and settled down nicely.
- The crowd settled down, the coach calmed the players and gave them a plan.
- 4 [no object, with adverbial of place] Sit or come to rest in a comfortable position: he settled into an armchairMore example sentences
- Amor joined her friends on the field while the rest of us settled under my usual tree at the home games.
- She settles into one position and barely shifts until she wakes the next morning.
- She sighed and sat back on her haunches before settling into a kneeling position.
- 4.1 [with object and adverbial of place] Make (someone) comfortable in a particular place or position: she allowed him to settle her in the taxiMore example sentences
- With that, she took Brady to her bedroom and settled him on top of her comforter.
- Michael carried me to a comfortable stuffed chair and settled me there.
- They were both laughing and giggling as William carried her into the main hall and settled her comfortably in a couch.
- 4.2 [with object] Move or adjust (something) so that it rests securely: she settled her bag on her shoulderMore example sentences
- Rowena settled the receiver as securely as she could against her shoulder.
- He quickly looked down to settle the tray securely across her lap.
- A silence fell between them then, as he leaned over and picked up his guitar, settling it flat in his lap to adjust the strap.
- 4.3(Especially of snow) fall on to a surface and remain there: traffic came to a standstill after the snow began to settle dust from the mill had settled on the roofMore example sentences
- Latex dust also settles on horizontal surfaces throughout the OR and can become airborne again with subsequent agitation.
- It was a bitterly cold day, but it was bright and still; no wind blew, no drops fell and no snow settled.
- That means a lot less fine dust in the air that will settle on room surfaces.
- 4.4 [no object] (Of suspended particles) sink slowly in a liquid to form sediment.More example sentences
- Fill a jug and leave it to stand until the sediment has settled, then use the clear water at the top.
- The pepper slowly settled to the bottom of the glass leaving a few grains on the surface which Bond dabbed up with the tip of a finger.
- Fine sediment remains in suspension much longer and travels far out to sea, where it settles slowly to the bottom.
- 4.5(Of a liquid) become clear or still as suspended particles sink: he watched his pint settlingMore example sentences
- As the water settled and all became placid again only the wrecked and sinking craft remained, alone in the sea.
- 4.6 [no object] (Of an object or objects) gradually sink down under its or their own weight: they listened to the soft ticking and creaking as the house settledMore example sentences
- That clock had been audible in the hall, especially at night when the house had settled.
- Allow the posts to stand several days and settle firmly in position before adding the fence.
- 4.7 [no object] (Of a ship) begin to sink: the craft was settling nose-down in the waterMore example sentences
- All 130 passengers got off safely, and a salvage job removed some of the machinery to safety before the ship began to settle.
- Yet more bombs further damaged the submarine, which began to settle by the stern.
- Scuttling teams hope she will settle upright, as have sister ships Perth in Western Australia and Hobart off South Australia, on the sandy seabed.
settle one's affairs (or estate)
- Make any necessary arrangements, such as writing a will, before one’s death.More example sentences
- Though she was loathe to return to the city, she needed to settle her affairs there.
- During the meal, Ralph began to talk about how he wanted to settle his estate, but Alex wants to avoid the subject.
- You have one hour to settle your affairs, and make any preparations.
settle someone's hash
- see hash1.
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- It is not settleable, I suppose, this cost issue?
- Primary treatment to remove settleable solids, oil, and grease should be considered for communities with significant industrial or commercial waste flows.
- Indeed, it might be concluded, just from the very fact that a paradox ensues, as above, that whether some English phrase defines a real number is not always entirely settleable.
Old English setlan 'to seat, place', from settle2.
- A wooden bench with a high back and arms, typically incorporating a box under the seat.More example sentences
- They have been flying out of her shop, which is why she has extended the range of Ercol reissues to include a settle, a dining table and a nest of tables.
- However, this suggests that your twin-seater was not a plain wooden settle, but almost certainly a settee, which at one time would have formed part of a suite.
- She sat down aimlessly on a settle by the fireplace.
Old English setl 'a place to sit', of Germanic origin; related to German Sessel and Latin sella 'seat', also to sit.