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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.
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