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From Old English setl, from Germanic *setla-, representing Proto-Indo-European *sed-lo-, from *sed- (“sit”). Cognate with German Sessel, Dutch zetel; and with Greek ἑλλά, Latin sedo, Russian седло. The verb (Old English setlan) developed from the noun.
settle (plural settles)
- (archaic) A seat of any kind.
- upon the settle of his majesty
- A long bench, often with a high back and arms, with storage space underneath for linen.
- (obsolete) A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
- Bible, Ezekiel xliii. 14
- And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit.
- Bible, Ezekiel xliii. 14
- (transitive) To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like.
- (transitive, obsolete, US) 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.
- (transitive) To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from uncertainty 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.
- It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful. --Jonathan Swift.
- (transitive) To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.
- (transitive, archaic) To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account.
- (transitive, colloquial) To pay; as, to settle a bill. --Abbott.
- (transitive) To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
- (intransitive) 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.
- (intransitive) To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.
- (intransitive) To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.
- As people marry now and settle. --Matthew Prior.
- (intransitive) To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.
- (intransitive) 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.
- (intransitive) To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing.
- A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles. --Joseph Addison.
- (intransitive) To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reservoir.
- (intransitive) To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
- (intransitive) To become calm; to cease from agitation.
- Till the fury of his highness settle, Come not before him. --Shakespeare
- (intransitive) To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To make a jointure for a wife.
- He sighs with most success that settles well. -- Samuel Garth.
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- settle bed ((UK) a bed convertible into a seat)
- settle down
- settle for
- settle in
- settle on
- settle the land (obsolete, nautical: to cause land to appear to sink (that is, to cause it to appear lower) by receding away from it)
- settle up
- settle upon
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