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Definition of Settle


  1. A seat of any kind.
  2. A bench; especially, a bench with a high back.
  3. A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.
  12. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to settle an account.
  13. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill.
  14. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
  15. 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.
  16. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.
  17. To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.
  18. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to settle in the practice of law.
  19. 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.
  20. To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather settled; wine settles by standing.
  21. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.
  22. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
  23. To become calm; to cease from agitation.
  24. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.
  25. To make a jointure for a wife.
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Settle Translations

settle in Dutch is afhandelen, afdoen
settle in German is sich niederlassen, abmachen, Bank
settle in Italian is fissare, liquidare
settle in Latin is constituo, consido, exigo, certo, subsido, condico
settle in Spanish is domiciliar, solventar