I UK [ˈset(ə)l] / US verb
Word forms "settle":
present tense I/you/we/they settle he/she/it settles present participle settling past tense settled past participle settled
a) [intransitive/transitive] to end an argument by making an agreement

We are going to settle our differences, once and for all.

Neither side shows any intention of settling at this stage.

b) to end a legal disagreement by the decision of a court or by making an agreement
settle something out of court (= without asking a court to decide):

The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Nouns frequently used with settle
▪  argument, conflict, differences, dispute, quarrel
2) [transitive] to pay all the money that you owe to a particular person or company

He has 30 days to settle his bill.

The insurance company is refusing to settle the claim.

3) [transitive, usually passive] to decide something definitely
it is settled that:

It was settled that they would leave before dark.

4) [intransitive] if something such as dust, sand, or snow settles, it falls downwards through the air or water until it reaches the ground or the bottom of something

It took a while for the silt and mud to settle.

settle on:

Flakes of snow settled on the windscreen.

a) [intransitive] to go and live permanently in a particular place
settle in:

Her relatives had come to America and settled in Boston.

b) [transitive, usually passive] to go to live in a place that does not have many people, and start to make it into a community

When was this city first settled?

6) [intransitive] if the ground or a building settles, it gradually sinks down
7) [intransitive/transitive] to make yourself or someone else comfortable and relaxed in a particular place or position
settle someone into/in/on something:

She settled the little boy on the next stool to her.

settle back:

I settled back into a comfortable chair and waited.

a) [intransitive/transitive] to become calm after being upset, nervous, or excited, or to make someone do this
b) if your nerves or stomach settle or are settled, they become calm again after you have felt upset, nervous, or excited

Let your stomach settle before having anything to eat.

9) [transitive] to deal with all the details of something so that no more needs to be done to it

You need a lawyer to help you settle your affairs.

10) [transitive] to put something carefully in a place

She settled her pack on her back, and set off.

11) [intransitive] mainly literary to begin to have an effect on someone or something
settle over/on/in:

Fear settled over her heart.

a feeling of nausea settling in his stomach

12) [intransitive] to stop flying and land in a particular place
settle on:

A large fly settled on the bread.

13) [intransitive] mainly literary if your eyes settle on someone or something, you begin to look at them
settle on:

Her eyes settled on the man in the corner.

settle an (old) score (with someone) — to do something bad to someone because they did something bad to you

enemies who have an old score to settle

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [ˈset(ə)l] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "settle":
singular settle plural settles
a long wooden chair for two or three people that usually has a container under the seat for keeping things in

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