- settlesettle1 [set′'l]n.[ME settel < OE setl (akin to Ger sessel) < IE * sedla- < base * sed- > SIT]a long wooden bench with a back, armrests, and sometimes a chest beneath the seatsettle2 [set′'l]vt.settled, settling [ME setlen < OE setlan < setl, a seat: see SETTLE1]1. to put in order; arrange or adjust as desired [to settle one's affairs]2. to set in place firmly or comfortably [to settle oneself in a chair]3. to establish as a resident or residents [he settled his family in London]4. to migrate to and set up a community in; colonize [New York was settled by the Dutch]5. to cause to sink and become more dense and compact [the rain settled the dust]6. to clarify (a liquid) by causing the sediment to sink to the bottom7. to free (the mind, nerves, stomach, etc.) from disturbance; calm or quiet8. to prevent from creating a disturbance or interfering, or from continuing in such action, as by a reprimand or a blow9. to make stable or permanent; establish10. to establish in business, office, work, marriage, etc.11. to fix definitely; determine or decide (something in doubt)12. to end (a dispute)13. to pay (a bill, debt, account, etc.)14. to make over (property, etc.) to someone by legal action: with on or upon15. to resolve (a legal dispute) by agreement between the parties16. to impregnate (a female): said of an animalvi.1. to stop moving and stay in one place; come to rest2. to cast itself, as darkness, fog, etc. over a landscape, or gloom or silence over a person or group; descend3. to become localized in a given part of the body: said of pain or disease4. to take up permanent residence; make one's home5. to move downward; sink, esp. gradually [the car settled in the mud]6. to become more dense or compact by sinking, as sediment or loose soil when shaken7. to become clearer by the settling of sediment or dregs8. to become more stable or composed; stop fluctuating or changing9.a) to reach an agreement or decision: usually with with, on, or upon☆ b) to accept something in place of what is hoped for, demanded, etc.: with for [he'll settle for any kind of work]10. to pay a bill or debtSYN.- DECIDE——————settle down1. to take up permanent residence, a regular job, etc.; lead a more routine, stable life, as after marriage2. to become less nervous, restless, or erratic3. to become calm as by diminishing in force4. to apply oneself steadily or attentively——————settle upto determine what is owed and make the necessary adjustments
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.