settle


settle
settle set‧tle [ˈsetl] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] to end an argument by agreeing to do something:

• The two companies signed a pact that settled the patent suit.

• Before the second phase of the trial, the companysettled out of court (= ended the argument without having to go to court ) .

settle something with somebody

• The bankruptcy trustee ultimately settled the dispute with shareholders.

2. [intransitive] FINANCE if prices on a market settle, they stop rising or falling and stay at a particular level for a period of time:

• Crude oil futures prices settled lower in light trading.

3. [transitive] FINANCE to pay money that is owed:

• Proceeds from the sale will be used to settle debt to other creditors.

• Credit cards are one of the best ways of settling bills when you travel abroad.

settle on/​upon phrasal verb [transitive]
1. settle on/​upon something to decide or agree about something:

• Following extensive consultation, the company settled on the framework for the technical elements of its IT strategy.

2. settle something on/​upon somebody LAW to make a formal arrangement to give money or property to someone:

• A trust was drawn up that settled a large sum on his daughter when she married.

settle up phrasal verb [intransitive] FINANCE
to pay what you owe on an account or bill:

• After he had collected his money, he settled up and left the hotel.

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settle UK US /ˈsetl/ verb
[T] to pay money that you owe: »

settle a bill/debt

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Only half of their clients settled their accounts on time.

[I or T] to end an argument by reaching an agreement to do something: »

settle a dispute/argument/lawsuit

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The company paid $5 million to former employees to settle claims of unfair dismissal.

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Union and management were urged to settle their differences.

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The company decided it was cheaper to settle rather than fight the case in court.

to make a final decision about something: »

We need a final meeting to settle the matter once and for all.

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OK, so that's settled then.

[I] FINANCE if prices, values, etc. settle, they stop moving up or down: »

They expect house price inflation to settle around 10%.

settle at sth »

After a rocky ride, shares in the entertainment company settled at $13.

settle out of court — Cf. settle out of court

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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