Meaning of “settle down” in the English Dictionary

"settle down" in British English

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settle down

phrasal verb with settle uk /ˈset.əl/ us /ˈset̬.əl/ verb

(FEEL COMFORTABLE)

B2 also settle into somewhere to become familiar with a place and to feel happy and confident in it:

She quickly settled down in her new house/job/school.

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  • The children soon settled down and started their work.
  • Come on, have a cup of tea and settle down.
  • Have you settled down in your new house yet?

(MAKE HOME)

C1 to start living in a place where you intend to stay for a long time, usually with your partner:

Eventually I'd like to settle down and have a family, but not yet.

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  • I can't see him ever settling down and getting a job.
  • After years as a travelling journalist, she settled down in Ireland.

(Definition of “settle down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"settle down" in American English

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settle down

phrasal verb with settle us /ˈset̬·əl/ verb

to become quieter:

OK, everybody, settle down.

Someone who settles down accepts responsibilities and lives a calmer life:

He settled down after he married Vicki.

(Definition of “settle down” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)