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English Dictionary: settle by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
settle
n
  1. a long wooden bench with a back
    Synonym(s): settle, settee
v
  1. settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground; "dust settled on the roofs"
    Synonym(s): settle, settle down
  2. bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
    Synonym(s): decide, settle, resolve, adjudicate
  3. settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument"
    Synonym(s): settle, square off, square up, determine
  4. take up residence and become established; "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"
    Synonym(s): settle, locate
  5. come to terms; "After some discussion we finally made up"
    Synonym(s): reconcile, patch up, make up, conciliate, settle
  6. go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
    Synonym(s): sink, settle, go down, go under
    Antonym(s): float, swim
  7. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
    Synonym(s): settle, root, take root, steady down, settle down
  8. become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet; "The roar settled to a thunder"; "The wind settled in the West"; "it is settling to rain"; "A cough settled in her chest"; "Her mood settled into lethargy"
  9. establish or develop as a residence; "He settled the farm 200 years ago"; "This land was settled by Germans"
  10. come to rest
  11. arrange or fix in the desired order; "She settled the teacart"
  12. accept despite lack of complete satisfaction; "We settled for a lower price"
  13. end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement; "The two parties finally settled"
  14. dispose of; make a financial settlement
  15. become clear by the sinking of particles; "the liquid gradually settled"
  16. cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
  17. sink down or precipitate; "the mud subsides when the waters become calm"
    Synonym(s): subside, settle
  18. fix firmly; "He ensconced himself in the chair"
    Synonym(s): ensconce, settle
  19. get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury; "I finally settled with my old enemy"
    Synonym(s): settle, get back
  20. make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let's finalize the proposal"
    Synonym(s): finalize, finalise, settle, nail down
  21. form a community; "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"
  22. come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell"
    Synonym(s): fall, descend, settle
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Settle \Set"tle\, n. [OE. setel, setil, a seat, AS. setl: akin
      to OHG. sezzal, G. sessel, Goth. sitls, and E. sit.
      [root]154. See {Sit}.]
      1. A seat of any kind. [Obs.] [bd]Upon the settle of his
            majesty[b8] --Hampole.
  
      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.
  
                     And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the
                     lower settle, shall be two cubits, and the breadth
                     one cubit.                                          --Ezek. xliii.
                                                                              14.
  
      {Settle bed}, a bed convertible into a seat. [Eng.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Settle \Set"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Settled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Settling}.] [OE. setlen, AS. setlan. [root]154. See
      {Settle}, n. In senses 7, 8, and 9 perhaps confused with OE.
      sahtlen to reconcile, AS. sahtlian, fr. saht reconciliation,
      sacon to contend, dispute. Cf. {Sake}.]
      1. 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.
  
                     And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him,
                     until he was ashamed.                        --2 Kings
                                                                              viii. 11.
                                                                              (Rev. Ver.)
  
                     The father thought the time drew on Of setting in
                     the world his only son.                     --Dryden.
  
      2. 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. [U. S.]
  
      3. To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to
            render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
  
                     God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.
                                                                              --Chapman.
  
                     Hoping that sleep might settle his brains. --Bunyan.
  
      4. 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.
  
      5. 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.
  
      6. 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.
  
      7. 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.
  
                     It will settle the wavering, and confirm the
                     doubtful.                                          --Swift.
  
      8. To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to
            compose; to pacify; as, to settle a quarrel.
  
      9. To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to
            settle an account.
  
      10. Hence, to pay; as, to settle a bill. [Colloq.] --Abbott.
  
      11. To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as,
            the French first settled Canada; the Puritans settled New
            England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
  
      {To settle on} [or] {upon}, to confer upon by permanent
            grant; to assure to. [bd]I . . . have settled upon him a
            good annuity.[b8] --Addison.
  
      {To settle the land} (Naut.), to cause it to sink, or appear
            lower, by receding from it.
  
      Syn: To fix; establish; regulate; arrange; compose; adjust;
               determine; decide.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Settle \Set"tle\, v. i.
      1. 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.
  
                     The wind came about and settled in the west.
                                                                              --Bacon.
  
                     Chyle . . . runs through all the intermediate colors
                     until it settles in an intense red.   --Arbuthnot.
  
      2. To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or
            home; as, the Saxons who settled in Britain.
  
      3. To enter into the married state, or the state of a
            householder.
  
                     As people marry now and settle.         --Prior.
  
      4. To be established in an employment or profession; as, to
            settle in the practice of law.
  
      5. 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.
  
      6. 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.                              --Addison.
  
      7. To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of
            a liquid, or the sediment of a reserveir.
  
      8. To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the
            foundation of a house, etc.
  
      9. To become calm; to cease from agitation.
  
                     Till the fury of his highness settle, Come not
                     before him.                                       --Shak.
  
      10. To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an
            agreement; as, he has settled with his creditors.
  
      11. To make a jointure for a wife.
  
                     He sighs with most success that settles well.
                                                                              --Garth.
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