settle

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settle is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
settle

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈsɛtəl/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
settle

Third-person singular
settles

Past tense
settled

Past participle
settled

Present participle
settling

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) (usually passive) If something is settled, it is decided.
    OK, it's settled: we're going to Florida this summer.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (transitive & intransitive) If you settle a place, you move there and live there.
    After moving to Canada, they settled in Toronto.
  6. (transitive & intransitive) If something settles (down), it becomes still and quiet.
    The noisy class needs to settle down.
  7. (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.
  8. (transitive & intransitive) If your stomach settles, it doesn't feel sick anymore.

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