To put into order; arrange or fix definitely as desired. To put firmly into a desired position or place; establish. To establish as a resident or residents: settled her family in Ohio. To establish residence in; colonize: Pioneers settled the West. To establish in a residence, business, or profession. To restore calmness or comfort to. To cause to sink, become compact, or come to rest. To cause (a liquid) to become clear by forming a sediment. To subdue or make orderly. To establish on a permanent basis; stabilize. To make compensation for (a claim). To pay (a debt). To conclude (a dispute, for example) by a final decision. To decide (a lawsuit) by mutual agreement of the involved parties without court action. Law To secure or assign (property or title) by legal action. To discontinue moving and come to rest in one place. To move downward; sink or descend, especially gradually: Darkness settled over the fields. Dust settled in the road. To become clear by the sinking of suspended particles. Used of liquids. To be separated from a solution or mixture as a sediment. To become compact by sinking, as sediment when stirred up. To establish one's residence: settled in Canada. To become established or localized: The cold settled in my chest. To reach a decision; determine: We finally settled on a solution to the problem. See Synonyms at decide. To come to an agreement, especially to resolve a lawsuit out of court. To provide compensation for a claim.