settle down

settle down
phrasal verb
Word forms "settle down":
present tense I/you/we/they settle down he/she/it settles down present participle settling down past tense settled down past participle settled down
1) [intransitive/transitive]
same as settle I, 8)

The kids will settle down after they've had a nap.

2) [intransitive] to begin to live a quieter life by getting married or staying permanently in a place

Are you ever going to settle down and get married?

3) [intransitive] to make yourself comfortable in a place, especially in order to do something that will take a lot of time or effort

I settled down in front of the television for the evening.

settle down to (do) something:

She took a seat and settled down to wait.


English dictionary. 2014.

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