- (idiomatic) To accept or allow something, especially something not entirely desirable.
- He couldn't afford the expensive headphones, so he decided to settle for the lower-quality set.
2011 June 4, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 2 Switzerland”, in BBC:
- As the game entered three minutes of stoppage time, both sides almost snatched the win. Substitute Admir Mehmedi was inches away with Hart beaten and Stewart Downing, on for Walcott, shot weakly into the side-netting with the last kick of the game as England had to settle for a point.