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Settle appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Di, can a rose butt settle my baby, my amative Evita; may my baby melt test tubes or an acid?
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Settle is sometimes a misspelling of settled.

The word settle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun settle

What does settle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: settles

  1. a long wooden bench with a back
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of settle: settee
    • more generic word: bench = a long seat for more than one person

Alternative definition of the noun settle


  1. [archaic] A seat of any kind.
  2. A long bench, often with a high back and arms, with storage space underneath for linen.
  3. [obsolete] A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.

Specialised definition of the noun settle

Glossary of sports / luge

the portion of the start in which the athlete lies back on the sled

Definition of the verb settle

What does settle mean as a doing word?

Settle is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: settled | settling | settles

  1. settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground
    • example: dust settled on the roofs
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of settle: settle down
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific word: sediment = settle as sediment
  2. bring to an end; settle conclusively
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of settle: adjudicate / decide / resolve
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
    • more specific words:
      • judge = determine the result of
      • adjust = decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
  3. settle conclusively; come to terms
  4. take up residence and become established
    • example: The immigrants settled in the Midwest
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme - being] [Verb] [Location, locative adverb]We camped there
      [Theme - being] [Verb] at / in / with [Location]Cornelia lodged at Mrs. Parker's | Cornelia lodged with the Stevensons

      Lodge Verbs (with the same syntax): bivouac, board, camp, dwell, guest, live, lodge, overnight, quarter, reside, room, shack up, shelter, sleep over, squat, stay, stay over, stop.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of settle: locate
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: move = change residence, affiliation, or place of employment
  5. come to terms
  6. go under
  7. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
  8. become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
    • examples: The roar settled to a thunder | The wind settled in the West | A cough settled in her chest | Her mood settled into lethargy
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: become / get / go = enter or assume a certain state or condition
  9. establish or develop as a residence
    • examples: He settled the farm 200 years ago | This land was settled by Germans
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: build up / develop = change the use of and make available or usable
  10. come to rest
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: halt / stop = come to a halt, stop moving
  11. arrange or fix in the desired order
    • example: She settled the teacart
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
  12. accept despite lack of complete satisfaction
    • example: We settled for a lower price
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: accept / consent / go for = give an affirmative reply to
  13. end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement
    • example: The two parties finally settled
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: agree / concord / concur / hold = be in accord
  14. dispose of; make a financial settlement
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic terms: arrange / fix up = make arrangements for
    • more specific terms:
      • prorate = make a proportional settlement or distribution
      • pay = discharge or settle
      • square = pay someone and settle a debt
      • compensate / make up / pay off / pay = do or give something to somebody in return
      • liquidate = settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off
      • clean up = dispose of
  15. become clear by the sinking of particles
    • example: the liquid gradually settled
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  16. cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: sink = cause to sink
  17. sink down or precipitate
  18. fix firmly
  19. get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury
  20. make final; put the last touches on; put into final form
  21. form a community
    • example: The Swedes settled in Minnesota
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more specific word: homestead = settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
    • entailment: migrate / transmigrate = move from one country or region to another and settle there
  22. come as if by falling
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of settle: descend / fall
    • more generic word: come = come to pass

Alternative definition of the verb settle


  1. [transitive] To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; esp., to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home, or the like.
  2. [transitive, obsolete, US] To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish; as, to 'settle' a minister.
  3. [transitive] To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to render quiet; to still; to calm; to compose.
  4. [transitive] To clear of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink; to render pure or clear; -- said of a liquid; as, to 'settle' coffee, or the grounds of coffee.
  5. [transitive] To restore or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition; -- said of the ground, of roads, and the like;as, clear weather 'settles' the roads.
  6. [transitive] To cause to sink; to lower; to depress; hence, also, to render close or compact; as, to 'settle' the contents of a barrel or bag by shaking it.
  7. [transitive] To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from uncertainty or wavering; to make sure, firm, or constant; to establish; to compose; to quiet; as, to 'settle' the mind when agitated; to 'settle' questions of law; to 'settle' the succession to a throne; to 'settle' an allowance.
  8. [transitive] To adjust, as something in discussion; to make up; to compose; to pacify; as, to 'settle' a quarrel.
  9. [transitive, archaic] To adjust, as accounts; to liquidate; to balance; as, to 'settle' an account.
  10. [transitive, colloquial] To pay; as, to settle a bill. --Abbott.
  11. [transitive] To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people; as, the French first 'settled' Canada; the Puritans 'settled' New England; Plymouth was settled in 1620.
  12. [intransitive] To become fixed or permanent; to become stationary; to establish one's self or itself; to assume a lasting form, condition, direction, or the like, in place of a temporary or changing state.
  13. [intransitive] To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home; as, the Saxons who 'settled' in Britain.
  14. [intransitive] To enter into the married state, or the state of a householder.
  15. [intransitive] To be established in an employment or profession; as, to 'settle' in the practice of law.
  16. [intransitive] To become firm, dry, and hard, as the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared; as, the roads 'settled' late in the spring.
  17. [intransitive] To become clear after being turbid or obscure; to clarify by depositing matter held in suspension; as, the weather 'settled'; wine 'settles' by standing.
  18. [intransitive] To sink to the bottom; to fall to the bottom, as dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reservoir.
  19. [intransitive] To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, as the foundation of a house, etc.
  20. [intransitive] To become calm; to cease from agitation.
  21. [intransitive] To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement; as, he has 'settled' with his creditors.
  22. [intransitive, obsolete] To make a jointure for a wife.


Settle a.k.a. Settle, Kentucky: Settle is an unincorporated community in Allen County, Kentucky, United States. Settle is located on Kentucky Route 234 10.1 miles north of Scottsville. Big Spring School-Oliver Farmstead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Settle.


Settle is a musical group.


  1. "Settle" is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Disclosure, released on 31 May 2013 by Island Records. The album includes the singles "Latch", "White Noise", "You & Me", "F for You", "Help Me Lose My Mind" and "Voices". A deluxe edition of the album contains four bonus tracks, including Disclosure's remix of Jessie Ware's song "Running".
    • also known as Settle (Special Edition)
    • genres: Future garage, Deep house, UK Garage, Dubstep
    • released on
    • some of the awards:
        • Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album nomination for Disclosure
        • World Music Award for World’s Best Album nomination for Disclosure
        • Brit Award for MasterCard British Album of the Year nomination for Disclosure
  2. "Settle" is a composition.


Settle: A settle is a wooden bench, usually with arms and a high back, long enough to accommodate three or four sitters.

Phrases with Settle

Phrases starting with the word Settle:

  1. Settle in
  2. settle on
  3. Settle Up
  4. settle for
  5. settle down
  6. settle upon
  7. Settle Someone's Hash

Other phrases containing the word Settle:

  1. to settle on
  2. To Settle Upon

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Settle

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Google previewThe British Quarterly Review (1876)

by Henry Allon

The only point to settle is the cause of the reversals, which we think can be naturally explained in the following manner. We know that if a pendulum oscillates between two limits, in one portion of its path potential energy is changed into kinetic, ...

Google previewA Select Collection of Old Plays: Greenes tu quoque (1825)

by Robert Dodsley, John Payne Collier

all the settles stocks.] A settle is a wooden bench with a back to it, and capable of holding several people. These kind of seats are only to be found in ancient halls, or the common drinkA fruitful seminary of our profession, And call them by thy.

Google previewThe Waning of the Renaissance 1640–1740 (2012)

Studies in the Thought and Poetry of Henry More, John Norris and Isaac Watts by John Hoyles

Settle refers to the “extensive...

Google previewViking Voices (2014)

The Sword of Amleth by Vincent Atherton

The first business that Ragnald has been left to settle is the fate of the traders who are seeking to return to Dyflinn .

Google previewPoems and Plays (1821)

by William Shakespeare

Elkanah Settle is the author of it, and the ...

Google previewListening to the Cicadas (1990)

A Study of Plato's Phaedrus by G. R. F. Ferrari, Giovanni R. F. Ferrari

The first point to settle is that by attributing rational behaviour to the lascivious horse Plato is not out to increase our regard for the beast but rather to display the limitations of the only kind of reasoning it can use: prudential calculation of the ...

Google previewThe Singapore Economy Reconsidered (1990)

by Lawrence B. Krause, Ai Tee Koh, Yuan Lee Tsao

The first issue to settle is the objectives of short-run policy. It should be to minimize fluctuations around the trend in terms of both growth and ...

Google previewThe Book of Life (2008)

by Upton Sinclair

If you wish to have a sound body, and to keep it sound as long as possible, the first problem for you to settle is what you want to make of your life ; you must have a purpose, and confront the tasks of life with energy and interest. What is the use ...

Google previewSomali-English and English-Somali dictionary

by Е. de Larajasse

arrange, settle, arbitrate ; wahha...

for him ; holadä и 51 tali, settle the ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-Based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst, David Heath, Ian F. Roe, Dieter Götz

settle verb A 'stay' Active: ...

Google previewUseful Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2017)

by Martin Manser

settle down (intransitive, adverb) 1 get married and establish a home: You're thirtyfive now; it's time you settled down like other people. 2 give your whole attention to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1881)

by Richard Soule

Determine, define, limit, appoint, settle. 4. Rivet, direct steadily. 5. Solidify, consolidate. 6. [Vulgarly so used in the U. S.] Arrange, adjust, set in order, put in order, put to rights, setto rights. Fix, n. [Colloquial, U. S.] Predicament, dilemma, plight, ...

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Usage statistics about settle

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Quotes about Settle

Being son of this earth
Each and everybody has the right
To move freely throughout the globe
And shall have the right
To reside and settle in any part
No one can demarcate the line and
Obstruct anybody to move to settle. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of S1E1T1T1L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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