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settle vb

1 : to resolve conclusively [ a question of law]
2 : to establish or secure permanently [a settled legal principle]
3 : close [ the sale of securities] [ the estate]
4 : to resolve a disagreement about (a court order) [no hearing to consider these objections and to the order had been conducted "Saba v. Gray, 314 N.W.2d 597 (1981)"]
5 a : to fix (a price) by mutual agreement
b : to conclude (a lawsuit) by entering into an agreement negotiated by the parties usually out of court
c : to close (as an account) by payment
: to close by compromise and payment of less than the full amount claimed or due
1 : to conclude a lawsuit by entering into an agreement [the plaintiff chose to out of court]
2 : to make a settlement of a transfer of funds
3 : to adjust differences or accounts [settled with his creditors]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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