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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SETTLE

"Settle the best you can," was his final direction to Coplen.

He has always been a rover, often tried to settle down but could not.

Hines turned to me and said, Go to your quarters; I will settle with you in the morning.

Promise me not to marry this man, and I will settle on you a thousand a year—safe.

Why didn't you let them bring in their police and settle us?

I am a lonely man, my sweeting, and I must settle some day when the wars are over and done.

We can't afford any scandal, so we're going to settle at your own terms.

When you come out, we'll settle who's to cook and who to wash dishes.

The easiest way to settle the question was to look at the date on the note.

Let's go and hunt him up—and we can settle about the pictures at the same time.

WORD ORIGIN

"come to rest," Old English setlan "cause to sit, place, put," from setl "a seat" (see settle (n.)). Related: Settling. Cf. German siedeln "to settle, colonize."

From c.1300 of birds, etc., "to alight." From early 14c. as "sink down, descend; cave in." Early 15c. in reference to suspended particles in a liquid. Sense of "establish a permanent residence" first recorded 1620s; that of "decide" is 1620s. Meaning "secure title to by deed" is from 1660s.

Meaning "reconcile" (a quarrel, differences, etc.) perhaps is influenced by Middle English sahtlen "to reconcile," from Old English saht "reconciliation," from Old Norse satt "reconciliation." To settle down "become content" is from 1853; transitive sense from 1520s; as what married couples do in establishing domesticity, from 1718. To settle for "content oneself with" is from 1943.

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