Meaning of “settle” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /ˈsetl/

B2 If you settle an argument, you solve the problem and stop arguing:

to settle a dispute
LIVE [ I ]

B2 to start living in a place where you are going to live for a long time:

He travelled around Europe for years before finally settling in Vienna.

B2 to decide or arrange something:

[ often passive ] Right, that's settled. We're going to Spain.
RELAX [ I, T ]

to relax into a comfortable position:

I yawned, and settled back on the sofa.
[ often reflexive ] She settled herself into the chair opposite.
PAY [ T ]

If you settle a bill or a debt, you pay the money that you owe:

I've got some bills to settle.

to move down towards the ground or the bottom of something and then stay there:

Do you think the snow will settle?
→ See also the dust settles

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