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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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The X-Change Corporation will withhold actual production figures on this Snoddy well until the well has settled down and flow rates are adjusted.
Leigh has come through that period of his life and settled down to be able to be settled into a rhythm and a routine and concentrate on his job.
Neighbors had seen the bear stroll by and had called 911 before the animal settled down for a last winter's nap.
Once we settled down, we played much better,'' Nets coach Byron Scott said.
I was nervous right up to the first pitch and then I settled down.
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The 22-year-old Hernandez, bolstered by some Cuban food sent earlier in the day from Miami by singer Gloria Estefan, settled down to beat the 39-year-old Hershiser for the second time.
Wolcott, who pitched for Single-A Riverside in 1994, settled down after giving up three home runs in three innings, retiring eight batters in a row before he gave up three runs in the sixth.
Hirsch, a 23-year-old rookie starting in place of goalie Kirk McLean, surrendered three first-period goals but settled down for the final 50 minutes as the Canucks beat the Avalanche to even the Western Conference series at 1-1.