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To agree, to approve, to arrange, to ascertain, to liquidate, or to reach an agreement.

Parties are said to settle an account when they examine its items and ascertain and agree upon the balance due from one to the other. When the person who owes money pays the balance, he or she is also said to settle it. A trust is settled when its terms are established and it goes into effect.

The term settle up is a colloquial rather than legal phrase that is applied to the final collection, adjustment, and distribution of the estate of a decedent, a bankrupt, or an insolvent corporation. It includes the processes of collecting the property, paying the debts and charges, and remitting the balance to those entitled to receive it.


v. to resolve a lawsuit without a final court judgment by negotiation between the parties, usually with the assistance of attorneys and/or insurance adjusters, and sometimes prodding by a judge. Most legal disputes are settled prior to trial. (See: settlement)


verb settle order on notice, accommodate, agree, agree upon, approve, arrange, arrange matters, arrange matters in dispute, ascertain, bring to terms, bring together, clear up, come to a determination, come to an agreement, come to an understanding, come to terms, compromise, conclude, conficere, constituere, decide, determine once for all, dispose of, end, even the score, harmonize, make a compact, mend, negotiate, put in order, reach a compromise, reconcile, rectify, resolve, reetore harmony, set at rest, set in place, settle, solve, straighten out, strike a bargain, work out
Associated concepts: settle a bill of exceptions, settle a claim, settle a judgment, settle an account, settle an estate, settle an order, settle issues, settle property, settled account
See also: accommodate, adjudge, adjudicate, adjust, administer, agree, arbitrate, arrange, award, choose, close, complete, comply, compromise, concede, conclude, conduct, confirm, contract, decide, deposit, determine, discharge, dwell, embed, hold, intercede, judge, liquidate, locate, lodge, lull, mediate, negotiate, pacify, pay, place, plant, reconcile, recoup, refund, reimburse, remit, remunerate, repose, reside, resolve, rest, return, rule, satisfy, stabilize, stipulate, subside, sustain

TO SETTLE. To adjust or ascertain to pay.
     2. Two contracting parties are said to settle an account when they ascertain what is justly due by one to the other; when one pays the balance or debt due by him, he is said to settle such debt or balance. 11 Alab. R. 419

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No one really knows how Che would react to having upper-middle class and noticeably whiter students spending their hip years being communists before they settle down to become bankers, economists or lawyers.
It includes previously unknown information about her mother's death and the announcement that not only must they move one more time before they can settle down, but they must leave right away and leave her mother's picture behind.
Lynn Harris, this writer focuses on three professionals who feel the need to settle down, but life keeps throwing them curves.
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A fog of such particles might then migrate and settle down as deposits on crater floors, Robinson speculates.
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The fact that so many gay and lesbian couples settle down and nest despite the lack of societal support indicates it's an important need," says Aleta Fenceroy, a 49-year-old computer programmer in Omaha who has spent seven monogamous years with Jean Mayberry, a factory worker.