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Dictionary definition for: Settle

1. (n) a long wooden bench with a back

2. (v) settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground; "dust settled on the roofs"

3. (v) 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"

4. (v) settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument"

5. (v) take up residence and become established; "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"

6. (v) come to terms; "After some discussion we finally made up"

7. (v) go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

8. (v) become settled or established and stable in one''s residence or life style; "He finally settled down"

9. (v) 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"

10. (v) establish or develop as a residence; "He settled the farm 200 years ago" "This land was settled by Germans"

11. (v) come to rest

12. (v) become clear by the sinking of particles; "the liquid gradually settled"

13. (v) arrange or fix in the desired order; "She settled the teacart"

14. (v) accept despite complete satisfaction; "We settled for a lower price"

15. (v) end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement; "The two parties finally settled"

16. (v) dispose of; make a financial settlement

17. (v) cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)

18. (v) sink down or precipitate; "the mud subsides when the waters become calm"

19. (v) fix firmly; "He ensconced himself in the chair"

20. (v) get one''s revenge for a wrong or an injury; "I finally settled with my old enemy"

21. (v) make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let''s finalize the proposal"

22. (v) form a community; "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"

23. (v) come as if by falling; "Night fell" "Silence fell"

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