from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To end or resolve (a dispute, for example) by making a decision or coming to an agreement. synonym: decide.
- intransitive verb To resolve (a lawsuit or dispute) by mutual agreement of the parties rather than by court decision.
- intransitive verb To make the determinations and distributions of (a trust).
- intransitive verb To make compensation for (a claim).
- intransitive verb To pay (a debt).
- intransitive verb To put into order; arrange as desired.
- intransitive verb To place or arrange in a desired position.
- intransitive verb To agree to or fix in advance.
- intransitive verb To establish as a resident or residents.
- intransitive verb To migrate to and establish residence in; colonize.
- intransitive verb To establish in a residence, business, or profession.
- intransitive verb To restore calmness or comfort to.
- intransitive verb To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest.
- intransitive verb To cause (a liquid) to become clear by forming a sediment.
- intransitive verb To discontinue moving and come to rest in one place.
- intransitive verb To move downward; sink or descend, especially gradually.
- intransitive verb To become clear by the sinking of suspended particles. Used of liquids.
- intransitive verb To be separated from a solution or mixture as a sediment.
- intransitive verb To become compact by sinking, as sediment when stirred up.
- intransitive verb To establish one's residence.
- intransitive verb To become established or localized.
- intransitive verb To reach a decision; decide.
- intransitive verb To come to an agreement, especially to resolve a lawsuit out of court.
- intransitive verb To provide compensation for a claim.
- intransitive verb To pay a debt.
- noun A long wooden bench with a high back, often including storage space beneath the seat.
- idiom (settle (one's) stomach) To relieve one's indigestion or nausea.
- idiom (settle (someone's) hash) To silence or subdue.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To reconcile.
- To determine: decide, as something in doubt or debate; bring to a conclusion; con clude: confirm; free from uncertainty or wavering: as, to
settlea dispute; to settle a vexatious question; to settle one's mind.
- To fix: appoint; set, as a date or day.
- To set in order; regulate; dispose of.
- To reduce to order or good behavior; give a quietus to: as, he was inclined to be insolent, but I soon settled him.
- To liquidate: balance; pay: as, to
settlean account, claim, or score.
- To become reconciled; be at peace.
- To adjust differences, claims, or accounts; come to an agreement: as, he has settled with his creditors.
- To pay one's bill; discharge a claim or demand.
- noun A seat; a bench; a ledge.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Ef we gwine settle, why, less _settle_, thass all I say! "
Ben let the name settle in his massive head somewhere.
I hate the word settle, but you need to be practical.
And if any, say, substitute teachers listening in settle for such houses, shame on them.
One wonders again: How did John McCain settle on Palin as a running mate? g_crush
Perhaps the first thing to settle is whether or not there is a god who created earth and all life, or are we here by accidental meaningless evolutionary processes.
Mitchell, on the other hand, gives us too much story here for our minds not to fall in -- settle in -- with the order of the narrative.
For them, the right time to settle is the point at which they begin to feel less like a pig and more like a hog.
Your confidence that we will settle is a reflection of that common perception.
The practice of kukondza, described by Junod (1: 433), in which prospective immigrants make a formal act of submission to the chief in exchange for permission to settle, is a crucial political dimension of this transaction; however, according to the model, the actual selection of land for newcomers is generally the responsibility of the chief's subordinates (2: 6).