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settle down

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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysettle down
he/she/itsettles down
present participlesettling down
past tensesettled down
past participlesettled down
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as settle1 (sense 8)

    The kids will settle down after they've had a nap.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to begin to live a quieter life by getting married or staying permanently in a place

    Are you ever going to settle down and get married?

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to make yourself comfortable in a place, especially in order to do something that will take a lot of time or effort

    I settled down in front of the television for the evening.

    settle down to (do) something:

    She took a seat and settled down to wait.

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