• To conclude or resolve (something):
  • To place or arrange in(to) a desired (especially: calm) state, or make final disposition of (something).
  • To become calm, quiet, or orderly; to stop being agitated.
  • To establish or become established in a steady position:
  • To move (people) to (a land or territory), so as to colonize it; to cause (people) to take residence in (a place).
  • To sink, or cause (something, or impurities within it) to sink down, especially so as to become clear or compact.
  • To make a jointure for a spouse.
  • Of an animal: to make or become pregnant.


  • A seat of any kind.
  • A long bench with a high back and arms, often with chest or storage space underneath.
  • A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.


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  • From a merger of two verbs:
  • Middle English setlen, from Old English setlan, from Old English setl ("seat") (compare Dutch zetelen ("to be established, settle")) and
  • Middle English sahtlen, seihtlen, from Old English sahtlian, ġesehtlian, from Old English saht, seht (see saught, -le).
  • siedeln is related to the former of the two verbs, but is not an immediate cognate of either of them.
  • From Middle English settle, setle, setel, setil, seotel, from Old English setl, from Proto-Germanic *setlaz, representing Proto-Indo-European *sed-lo-, from *sed-. Cognate with Dutch zetel, German Sessel, Latin sella.

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