Adjective "settling" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem)
  1. 'But he was willing to try, to extend himself to the utmost to finally reach peace and settle the long conflict.'
  2. 'That should settle any arguments in the playground.'
  3. 'The councils say they exhausted other avenues to settle the problems before going to court.'
  4. 'The court system is used to resolve land disputes and slander cases, but problems are usually settled within the family or village.'
  5. 'Why did not settle the petition problem with firm resolve?'
  6. 'The companies that operate them should settle those problems first, before making people pay more.'
  7. 'The sociologists out there would probably tell me I'm teaching my son to settle problems with violence.'
  8. 'Let us see if we can settle our problems in the right manner.'
  9. 'They rely heavily on international agreement to settle problems.'
  10. 'When the train rattled into the next station, an inspector ran into the carriage and tried to settle the bitter argument.'
  11. 'if the dispute was not settled it was possible there would be strike action'
  12. 'For this reason, a majority of disputes are settled out of court.'
  13. 'That dispute was settled out of court when the three universities limited its use on campus.'
  14. 'Last week, it settled an anti-trust dispute with Sun, perhaps its most vociferous opponent in the computer industry, for $2 billion.'
  15. 'The Salford tenor settled a long-running legal dispute with a former management company two months ago but they say he has yet to pay up.'
  16. 'It was a genuine legal dispute that was settled without a judge ruling.'
  17. 'To settle legal disputes via legal means is the best way.'
  18. 'exactly what goes into the legislation has not been settled'
  19. 'Not able to think of something better, Josh, Ben, Kevin, and Ryan settled on the name by default.'
  20. 'McCarthy yesterday refused to indicate who will figure in his team selection even though he confirmed he had settled on a team in his own mind.'
  21. 'Many delegates are complaining that most of the persons to be elected had been settled on by the major parties some time ago.'
  22. 'Ultimately, we settled on the design with the guest house, which we intended to rent out.'
  23. 'Surprisingly, however, there was very little conflict over the final numerical limit that was settled on.'
  24. 'Opponents of intelligent design have apparently settled on their strategy.'
  25. 'We selected our booth and settled on a couple of margaritas while waiting for our host, Chef Rob Vaughn.'
  26. 'It is important to note that we have not yet settled on one specific approach.'
  27. 'No wonder the manager concedes he has not settled on a first-choice selection.'
  28. 'Pete finally settled on an arrangement that he was happy with, consisting of a butterfly and a long loop leading to a bowline on the bight.'
  29. 'it was too cold for champagne so they settled for a cup of tea'
  30. 'As with mobile phones, it seems that consumers are settling for less than the industry expected to sell them.'
  31. 'They went to a more posh high school and I settled for the one down the road with considerably fewer amenities.'
  32. 'I ended up settling for a mushroom soup instead of a main course - though I could have had fish - and didn't regret it.'
  33. 'But by settling for the current standard of cuisine, the Shore is unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.'
  34. 'James never settles for second best and he put Charlestown on the map during those years in that International Festival with acts like Eurovision winner Johnny Logan.'
  35. 'Webster followed Klaffenbock closely, looking for a way through but with four laps to go, dropped back settling for second place.'
  36. 'Today, however, we're settling for a short stint off the edge of an Auckland wharf.'
  37. 'But in the long term it is difficult to see prosperous patients settling for second-class status.'
  38. 'For Keane, it was self-induced, brought about by too many players at Old Trafford settling for less than they could have achieved.'
  39. 'It makes a strong case for being selective about what you drive, and not merely settling for a sensible but dull car.'
Pay (a debt or account)
  1. no object 'I settled up with your brother for my board and lodging'
  2. 'By the time the agreements expired late last year, none of the former bank owners had fully settled their debts.'
  3. 'Knowing in advance how it works lets you avoid the crush of departing passengers settling last-minute accounts.'
  4. 'If you are lucky, you live in a state with laws requiring a candidate to settle all debts before closing the campaign account.'
  5. 'Bell settled his account with Houser by taking over Houser's liability to Lincoln.'
  6. 'He had settled the debt and wanted to score and buy drugs.'
  7. 'All I can say is that the individual who is offering to settle the debt needs to talk to the club and Customs.'
  8. 'Despite his significant profit and success in South Africa, Johnston appears to be tardy about settling debts in Scotland.'
  9. 'We were renting in Hamburg and after settling our debts we had only about £5,000 left.'
  10. 'The reserve-currency role means that every country has a demand for dollars in order to pay its oil bills and settle its international accounts.'
  11. 'Satisfactory progress has been made in efforts by the two nations to settle debts incurred through the account trading.'
  12. 'If I create a trust to dispose of all of my rights and interests, and I settle them on trustees, that is a trust despite the fact that it is not spelt out.'
Adopt a more steady or secure style of life, especially in a permanent job and home.
  1. 'David starts to feel the urge to settle down and ‘become part of a couple.’'
  2. 'In 1984, he came down to Bangalore to settle down permanently.'
  3. 'New York was going to be my new home; I'd get a steady job and settle down, start a family.'
  4. 'But there were others who for a variety of reasons decided to settle down permanently in the US.'
  5. 'Do you think he's feeling tempted to finally settle down and live a steady existence?'
  6. 'My dear Art, I think it is much better that you just settle down and get a real job closer to home.'
  7. '‘This was supposed to be our final home where we would settle down and bring up our son,’ he said.'
  8. 'So is this why 30 something women find a gap in the dating scene and are unable to find someone of a similar age to settle down with?'
  9. 'He was politely told to get a steady girlfriend and settle down.'
  10. 'After the spouses settle down, their close relatives mostly follow them.'
  11. 'in 1863 the family settled in London'
  12. 'His family settled there in the 1880s, high Hollywood western time, about a decade after the Sioux beat Custer.'
  13. 'He underwent an Evangelical conversion the following year and settled with the family of one Reverend Morley Unwin in 1765.'
  14. 'Born in Limavady, Ulster, he emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1870 and settled at Tamaki.'
  15. 'By 1914 he bad discovered Brigus, Newfoundland, where he settled with his family.'
  16. 'Bullock was raised in Nuremberg, Vienna and Salzburg, before the family settled back in Arlington when she was in her early teens.'
  17. 'She settled at a family home in Morocco, where she spent eight years, studying at the American School of Tangier.'
  18. 'We have a proud tradition of giving refuge to people fleeing persecution, and welcoming families who want to settle here and work.'
  19. 'He then returned to France and settled with his family in the village of Argenteuil, where he continued to work and sell paintings.'
  20. 'Born in Italy, he settled with his family in Massachusetts when he was 6.'
  21. 'I settled here with my family to slowly build up relationships with the local community.'
  22. 'When the colonies were first settled, he wrote, the towns sometimes provided relief for their care.'
  23. 'One of our favorite neighborhoods is Lincoln Square on the northwest side, originally settled by German immigrants.'
  24. 'Other historic areas include Vincennes, on the site of a French fort, and New Harmony to the south, settled by German immigrants.'
  25. 'Further abroad, he authorized the Evangelistic Grant Charter to settle the Colony of Virginia.'
  26. 'he had settled into his new job'
  27. 'We settled in and I began to study the cards, playing my hand to the strict rules we'd learnt in Acton.'
  28. 'The family are settling into their new home in Walcot.'
  29. 'As people settled into established societies many centuries ago, they began looking for ways to protect their crops.'
  30. 'By the time Sleater-Kinney released 2002's One Beat, the band had settled into a comfortable groove.'
  31. 'Once the enemy has settled in and established their borders, they will begin to look for us.'
  32. 'According to the newspaper, Beckham became close to Ms Loos as she helped him and his family settle into their new life in Spain.'
  33. 'She acknowledged them with a smile as she went to the big desk facing them at the front of the room, and settled in to begin the school day.'
  34. 'Once the two heroes had settled in they always looked in command of the situation until they created a ripple in the final over when only four were required to overhaul Essex's score.'
  35. 'Now it will be largely up to non-government organisations like the Red Cross to help the families settle into Australian life.'
  36. 'Later the Academy went back to the jury system and now seems settled into a fairly established routine without too many gaffes.'
  37. 'And this is what we can settle down to in weeks ahead.'
  38. 'Yesterday I was finding it a little hard to get going so I figured I'd finally mow the lawn, since the grass wasn't damp and I could hear many lawn mowers buzzing in the area, before settling down to the computer.'
  39. 'While her schoolmates are settling down to the first lessons of the day this morning, nine-year-old Alice Maddocks will be back in hospital.'
  40. 'At its official launch in Portlaoise last Friday night the party wasted no time in setting out its stall for the coming two years and settling down to business.'
  41. 'Girls who were interested in study had to be disciplined about settling down to homework as they had to go to bed at 8.30 in the evening after ‘prep’.'
  42. 'It's hard settling down to hard thinking, connecting dots and writing the book while so much is going on every day and I'm getting such interesting emails!'
  43. 'At around 10.30, after the departure of his dinner guests, he would settle down to two or three hours of work, frequently dictating beyond 2.30 am.'
  44. 'As A-level results arrive, 18-year-olds all over Britain are packing their rucksacks ready for a year of adventure before settling down to university.'
  45. 'The happy Finns travel en famille to the local steam baths and cleanse themselves before settling down to a meal of boiled codfish.'
  46. 'Claudette couldn't concentrate on the epistle or the gospel, couldn't settle down to the rosary.'
  47. no object 'after a few months the controversy settled down'
  48. 'After the crowd settled down, Palahniuk read a story from Haunted.'
  49. 'After this memorable trip, things settled down.'
  50. 'Since the harrowing scene with Elanor, he'd been unable to settle down even for a moment.'
  51. 'The bus driver pulled over to get the commuters to settle down.'
  52. 'As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, ‘Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon.’'
  53. 'So Mrs. Sebright calls for us to settle down and to pull out our worksheets about atoms.'
  54. '‘We will have an official opening when everything has settled down, but we might have a cake and let balloons go on that day,’ she said.'
  55. 'The crowd settled down, the coach calmed the players and gave them a plan.'
  56. 'He admired the way the players settled down after a harrowing opening against a very enthusiastic Navan, and felt that Kilkenny finished the stronger team.'
  57. 'After this hectic opening, things settled down and it was eight minutes before Larry Cadden sent over a nice point for Calry-St Joseph's.'
  58. 'he told me to hold my tongue or he would find a way to settle me'
Sit or come to rest in a comfortable position.
  1. 'Slowly I settled against him and I listened to his breathing; it was raspy and every once in a while he would cough, but he still held me tight.'
  2. 'The rest were settling into various seats when Denise trailed in.'
  3. 'I settled back into my comfortable position on the cushy chair I had gotten from a furniture store.'
  4. 'Amor joined her friends on the field while the rest of us settled under my usual tree at the home games.'
  5. 'The girl lowered herself again, settling into her previous position, only this time, she wasn't so close.'
  6. 'Smiling slightly, she settled more comfortably into his lap, resting her chin on top of his head.'
  7. 'She sighed and sat back on her haunches before settling into a kneeling position.'
  8. 'Beside him, Andre and Jason were settling into a sitting position.'
  9. 'she allowed him to settle her in the taxi'
  10. 'Chase settled me on the mattress before stepping back to lean against the windows, his eyes never breaking contact with mine.'
  11. 'With that, she took Brady to her bedroom and settled him on top of her comforter.'
  12. 'He found her huddled near the warmth of the boiler room when he opened that morning and settled her in a coat hangar box with a towel and some food.'
  13. 'Michael carried me to a comfortable stuffed chair and settled me there.'
  14. 'she settled her bag on her shoulder'
  15. 'A silence fell between them then, as he leaned over and picked up his guitar, settling it flat in his lap to adjust the strap.'
  16. 'traffic came to a standstill after the snow began to settle'
  17. 'That means a lot less fine dust in the air that will settle on room surfaces.'
  18. 'He was once again in his room, but now he didn't care about the dust that had settled slowly on the surfaces.'
  19. 'This is a U-shaped passage in which fine particles settle, allowing air to continue on freed of most contamination.'
  20. 'Hepa vacuums are also recommended for cleanup of dust that may have settled on surfaces outside the remediation area.'
  21. 'Fortunately the snow was not falling anymore but had settled on the ground, house tops, trees, and the mountains, a couple inches thick.'
  22. 'Reaching over her opposite shoulder, Ali drew the sword that was strapped there, flicking her wrist to scatter the drops of moisture that had settled on the metal surface.'
  23. 'Slowly the dust settled over the motionless heap at the foot of the cliff.'
  24. 'Strands of her black hair swayed in the wind and the rest settled just under her neck.'
  25. 'There were bodies everywhere, with dust slowly settling to the floor.'
  26. 'Sediments that settle out of ballast water also stay behind.'
  27. 'Sedimentation makes heavier liquids or particles settle at the bottom of a container, as when sugar added to coffee settles at the bottom of the cup.'
  28. 'In a muddy river such as the St. Jones, weirs slowed the current enough to allow even more suspended sediment to settle.'
  29. 'The sediment load is settling out with the passage of time and the purifying influence of cattails and bulrushes.'
  30. 'Fine sediment remains in suspension much longer and travels far out to sea, where it settles slowly to the bottom.'
  31. 'Ideally, red and fortified wines should stand upright for about a week before the event to adjust slowly to the increased temperature and to enable any sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.'
  32. 'The sediment will settle in a thick layer at the bottom.'
  33. 'Salt marshes form in shallow, quiet water, where the water is salty and still enough for the suspended particles to settle to the bottom.'
  34. 'Larger particles are supposed to settle to the bottom of the tanks, and eventually be sent to sewage treatment plants.'
  35. 'Begin by placing the cordial container on a level surface to allow the sediment to settle.'
  36. 'he watched his pint settling'
  37. 'they listened to the soft ticking and creaking as the house settled'
  38. 'That clock had been audible in the hall, especially at night when the house had settled.'
  39. 'Yet more bombs further damaged the submarine, which began to settle by the stern.'
  40. 'In a patch of calm sea it hopped repeatedly until it settled and sank.'
  41. 'Scuttling teams hope she will settle upright, as have sister ships Perth in Western Australia and Hobart off South Australia, on the sandy seabed.'

More definitions

1. the act of a person or thing that settles.

2. Usually, settlings. sediment.

More examples(as adjective)

"disputes can be settling."

"problems can be settling."

"questions can be settling."

"lawsuits can be settling."

"debts can be settling."

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Old English setlan ‘to seat, place’, from settle.


settle one's affairs (or estate)