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Definition of SETTLE

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Settle \Set"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Settled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Settling}.] [OE. setlen, AS. setlan. [root]154. See {Settle}, n. In senses 7, 8, and 9 perhaps confused with OE. sahtlen to reconcile, AS. sahtlian, fr. saht reconciliation, sacon to contend, dispute. Cf. {Sake}.]
     1. To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; esp., to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like. [1913 Webster]

              And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him, until he was ashamed.                 --2 Kings viii. 11. (Rev. Ver.) [1913 Webster]

              The father thought the time drew on
              Of setting in the world his only son. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish; as, to settle a minister. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

     3. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose. [1913 Webster]

              God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.
                                                    --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

              Hoping that sleep might settle his brains. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

     4. To clear of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink; to render pure or clear; -- said of a liquid; as, to settle coffee, or the grounds of coffee. [1913 Webster]

     5. To restore or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition; -- said of the ground, of roads, and the like; as, clear weather settles the roads. [1913 Webster]

     6. To cause to sink; to lower; to depress; hence, also, to render close or compact; as, to settle the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it. [1913 Webster]

     7. To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from unscertainty or wavering; to make sure, firm, or constant; to establish; to compose; to quiet; as, to settle the mind when agitated; to settle questions of law; to settle the succession to a throne; to settle an allowance. [1913 Webster]

              It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful.                             --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     8. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel. [1913 Webster]

     9. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account. [1913 Webster]

     10. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill. [Colloq.] --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

     11. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620. [1913 Webster]

     {To settle on} or {To settle upon},
         (a) to confer upon by permanent grant; to assure to. "I .
             . . have settled upon him a good annuity." --Addison. (b) to choose; to decide on; -- sometimes with the implication that the choice is not ideal, but the best available.

     {To settle the land} (Naut.), to cause it to sink, or appear lower, by receding from it. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To fix; establish; regulate; arrange; compose; adjust; determine; decide. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Settle \Set"tle\, n. [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit. [root]154. See {Sit}.]
     1. A seat of any kind. [Obs.] "Upon the settle of his majesty" --Hampole. [1913 Webster]

     2. A bench; especially, a bench with a high back. [1913 Webster]

     3. A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part. [1913 Webster]

              And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit.                            --Ezek. xliii.
                                                    14. [1913 Webster]

     {Settle bed}, a bed convertible into a seat. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Settle \Set"tle\, v. i.
     1. To become fixed or permanent; to become stationary; to establish one's self or itself; to assume a lasting form, condition, direction, or the like, in place of a temporary or changing state. [1913 Webster]

              The wind came about and settled in the west.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Chyle . . . runs through all the intermediate colors until it settles in an intense red.   --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

     2. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain. [1913 Webster]

     3. To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder. [1913 Webster]

              As people marry now and settle.       --Prior. [1913 Webster]

     4. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law. [1913 Webster]

     5. To become firm, dry, and hard, as the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared; as, the roads settled late in the spring. [1913 Webster]

     6. To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing. [1913 Webster]

              A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles.                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     7. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir. [1913 Webster]

     8. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc. [1913 Webster]

     9. To become calm; to cease from agitation.
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              Till the fury of his highness settle, Come not before him.                  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     10. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors. [1913 Webster]

     11. To make a jointure for a wife.
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               He sighs with most success that settles well.
                                                    --Garth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

465 Moby Thesaurus words for "settle":
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