settle down

settle

1 [set-l]
verb (used with object), settled, settling.
1.
to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions).
2.
to place in a desired state or in order: to settle one's affairs.
3.
to pay, as a bill.
4.
to close (an account) by payment.
5.
to migrate to and organize (an area, territory, etc.); colonize: The pilgrims settled Plymouth.
6.
to cause to take up residence: They settled immigrants in urban areas.
7.
to furnish (a place) with inhabitants or settlers: The French settled this colony with army veterans.
8.
to quiet, calm, or bring to rest (the nerves, stomach, etc.).
9.
to stop from annoying or opposing: A sharp word will settle that youngster.
10.
to conclude or resolve: to settle a dispute.
11.
to make stable; place in a permanent position or on a permanent basis.
12.
to cause (a liquid) to become clear by depositing dregs.
13.
to cause (dregs, sediment, etc.) to sink or be deposited.
14.
to cause to sink down gradually; make firm or compact.
15.
to dispose of finally; close up: to settle an estate.
16.
Law.
a.
to secure (property, title, etc.) on or to a person by formal or legal process.
b.
to terminate (legal proceedings) by mutual consent of the parties.
verb (used without object), settled, settling.
17.
to decide, arrange, or agree (often followed by on or upon ): to settle on a plan of action.
18.
to arrange matters in dispute; come to an agreement: to settle with a person.
19.
to pay a bill; make a financial arrangement (often followed by up ).
20.
to take up residence in a new country or place: Many Frenchmen settled along the Mississippi River following La Salle's explorations.
21.
to come to rest, as from flight: A bird settled on a bough.
22.
to gather, collect, or become fixed in a particular place, direction, etc.: A cold settled in my head.
23.
to become calm or composed (often followed by down ): I'll wait until the class settles before starting the lesson.
24.
to come to rest (often followed by down ): We settled down for the night at an old country inn.
25.
to sink down gradually; subside.
26.
to become clear by the sinking of suspended particles, as a liquid.
27.
to sink to the bottom, as sediment.
28.
to become firm or compact, as the ground.
29.
(of a female animal) to become pregnant; conceive.
Verb phrases
30.
settle down,
a.
to become established in some routine, especially upon marrying, after a period of independence or indecision.
b.
to become calm or quiet.
c.
to apply oneself to serious work: There were so many distractions that we weren't able to settle down to studying.
31.
settle for, to be satisfied with: to settle for less.
32.
settle into, to become established in: to settle into a new routine.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English set(t)len, Old English setlan (attested once) to place, derivative of setl settle2; compare Dutch zetelen

settleable, adjective
settleability, noun
settledness, noun
quasi-settled, adjective
unsettleable, adjective
well-settled, adjective


1. set, establish. 4. liquidate. 6. relocate. 7. people, colonize. 9. tranquilize, compose, still, pacify. 11. stabilize, establish, confirm. 20. locate, relocate. 25. decline, fall, abate.
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settle1 (ˈsɛtəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to put in order; arrange in a desired state or condition: he settled his affairs before he died
2.  to arrange or be arranged in a fixed or comfortable position: he settled himself by the fire
3.  (intr) to come to rest or a halt: a bird settled on the hedge
4.  to take up or cause to take up residence: the family settled in the country
5.  to establish or become established in a way of life, job, residence, etc
6.  (tr) to migrate to and form a community; colonize
7.  to make or become quiet, calm, or stable
8.  (intr) to be cast or spread; come down: fog settled over a wide area
9.  to make (a liquid) clear or (of a liquid) to become clear; clarify
10.  to cause (sediment) to sink to the bottom, as in a liquid, or (of sediment) to sink thus
11.  to subside or cause to subside and become firm or compact: the dust settled
12.  (sometimes foll by up) to pay off or account for (a bill, debt, etc)
13.  (tr) to decide, conclude, or dispose of: to settle an argument
14.  (intr; often foll by on or upon) to agree or fix: to settle upon a plan
15.  (tr; usually foll by on or upon) to secure (title, property, etc) to a person, as by making a deed of settlement, will, etc: he settled his property on his wife
16.  to determine (a legal dispute, etc) by agreement of the parties without resort to court action (esp in the phrase settle out of court)
 
[Old English setlan; related to Dutch zetelen; see settle²]
 
'settleable1
 
adj

settle2 (ˈsɛtəl)
 
n
a seat, for two or more people, usually made of wood with a high back and arms, and sometimes having a storage space in the boxlike seat
 
[Old English setl; related to Old Saxon, Old High German sezzal]

settle down
 
vb
1.  (also tr) to make or become quiet and orderly
2.  (often foll by to) to apply oneself diligently: please settle down to work
3.  to adopt an orderly and routine way of life, take up a permanent post, etc, esp after marriage

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Word Origin & History

settle
"come to rest," O.E. setlan, from setl "a seat" (see settle (n.)). Sense of "establish a permanent residence" first recorded 1627; that of "decide" is 1621. Meaning "reconcile" (a quarrel, differences, etc.) perhaps is infl. by M.E. sahtlen "to reconcile," from O.E. saht
"reconciliation," from O.N. satt "reconciliation." Settled "firmly fixed" is attested from 1556.

settle
"long bench," O.E. setl "a seat, position, abode," related to sittan "to sit," from P.Gmc. *setla- (cf. M.L.G., M.Du. setel, Du. zetel, Ger. Sessel, Goth. sitls), from PIE *sedla- (cf. L. sella "seat, chair," O.C.S. sedlo "saddle," O.E. sadol "saddle"), from base *sed- "to sit" (see sedentary).
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Idioms & Phrases

settle down

  1. Begin living a stable, orderly life; also, marry. For example, After traveling all over the world for years, he decided to settle down in his home town, or Her parents wished she would settle down and raise a family. [Early 1600s]

  2. Become calm, less nervous, or less restless, as in Come on, children, it's time to settle down. [Mid-1800s]

  3. Apply oneself seriously, as in If you don't settle down to your homework, you'll never get it done. [First half of 1800s]

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