1 arrange, order, dispose, organize, straighten out, put in or into order, compose, sort out, classify, coordinate, resolve, set to rights, reconcile:
Ben settled his affairs before undergoing surgery.
2 Often, settle on or upon. fix (on), decide (on), establish, appoint, set, confirm, affirm, conclude, make sure or certain (of), determine, agree (upon or on), pick, choose, select:
Have you been able to settle on a suitable time to visit Max and Maddy?
3 decide, reconcile, resolve, put an end to, conclude, clear up, patch up, adjust, negotiate, mediate:
We have settled our differences.
4 Often, settle down. take up residence, go or come or move to, dwell, reside, make one's home, abide, remain, stay, live, set up home or house, put down roots, locate, inhabit, US set up housekeeping, locate:
They have decided to settle in Australia after George retires.
5 Sometimes, settle down. light, alight, land, come down, put down, set down, (come to) rest or (roost), descend, perch:
The butterfly settled on the tip of Alice's nose.
6 populate, people, colonize, pioneer:
That part of the country wasn't settled till late in the 19th century
7 Usually, settle down. calm down, subside, quiet down, be or become tranquil, Chiefly Brit quieten (down):
The class settled down and we began the lesson. I must settle down and get back to work
8 calm, quiet, soothe, tranquillize, relax, Chiefly Brit quieten:
He drank some camomile tea to settle his nerves.
9 subside, sink, decline, fall:
A great crack appeared in the wall when the house settled a bit.
10 Often, settle up. pay, square, dispose of, clear, balance, liquidate, discharge:
If you settle the bill, we can leave.
11 Often, settle out. gravitate, sink, fall, precipitate (out):
Stop shaking the container and let the sand settle to the bottom.
12 clarify, clear:
After about an hour, the particles will start to settle.
1 end an argument
Hopes of settling the conflict peacefully are fading.
The matter has not yet been satisfactorily settled.
| eventually, finally | informally, out of court
The company has agreed to settle out of court (= come to an agreement without going to court).
VERB + SETTLE
attempt to, try to | agree to
After six months, the company finally settled with the unions.
an attempt to settle sth
2 choose a permanent home
He has now settled permanently in London.
| eventually, finally | happily | down
VERB + SETTLE
decide to, intend to
be densely settled
a fertile area that was densely settled in early times
| be ready to settle down
She felt she wasn't yet ready to settle down.
3 make sb/yourself comfortable
comfortably, happily, peacefully, snugly
He settled himself more comfortably in his chair.
| quickly, soon | back, down
He settled back in his chair to watch television. She settled down for a quiet doze on the sofa.
VERB + SETTLE
be unable to, can't/couldn't
Unable to settle, she trailed around the house all day.
| allow sb to, let sb
She kept fussing around, refusing to let him settle.
| help (to), help sb (to)
I took a pill to help settle my nerves.
PHRASAL VERBS settle in/settle into sth
The kids settled happily into their new school.
| quickly, soon
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