Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “settle”

See all translations

settle

verb  /ˈset̬·əl/ us  

settle verb (MAKE COMFORTABLE)

[always + adv/prep] to get or to become comfortable: [T] Campbell settled herself in front of a blazing fire. [I] He settled back in his chair and took out a book.

settle verb (AGREE)

[I/T] to reach a decision or an agreement about something, or to end a disagreement: [T] Rogers paid $2 million to settle the lawsuit. [T] Americans turn to a dictionary to settle questions of language. [I] Negotiators are hopeful the two sides will settle.settle out of court If you settle out of court, you reach an agreement in a legal case without holding a trial in court: The defendant agreed to settle out of court.

settle verb (PAY)

[T] to pay money owed: He sold his photographs to settle some old debts.

settle verb (LIVE)

[I/T] to live in a place or to go somewhere to live, esp. permanently: [I] After they got married, they settled in Virginia. [T] Immigrants settled this island two hundred years ago. [I] fig. An early-evening glow settles on the city (= the city has begun to glow).

settle verb (MOVE LOWER)

[I] to move to a lower level and stay there; drop: Dust can settle into the wet paint and spoil the finish. Unused farm machinery settled in high weeds behind the house.
(Definition of settle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of settle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “settle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ditto

used to agree with something that has just been said, or to avoid repeating something that has been said

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More