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- (transitive & intransitive) If you settle a fight, argument, case, etc., you find an answer that stops it.
- They settled the dispute. Both men were happy with the results.
- (transitive & intransitive) (usually passive) If something is settled, it is decided.
- OK, it's settled: we're going to Florida this summer.
- (transitive & intransitive) If something settles, it moves to a position where it can stay in for a long time, often in a low position.
- She got a drink and then calmly settled herself in front of the TV.
- After the crash, it took some time for the dust to settle.
- His eyes settled on the red flower.
- The put the earth back into the hole. It was high, but it would settle in time.
- A feeling of sadness settled over them.
- (intransitive) If you settle for something, you accept it even though it is not as good as you wanted.
- This year, she would have to settle for third place.
- (transitive & intransitive) If you settle a place, you move there and live there.
- After moving to Canada, they settled in Toronto.
- (transitive & intransitive) If something settles (down), it becomes still and quiet.
- The noisy class needs to settle down.
- (transitive) If you settle (up) a bill, or your affairs, you pay the money you owe and/or receive the money that others owe you.
- (transitive & intransitive) If your stomach settles, it doesn't feel sick anymore.