settle down to something


settle down to something
settle down to (something) to give something all of your attention.

I settled down to read about the festival and what I could do there.

Usage notes: often said about a meal:

After work, we all settle down to a home-cooked dinner.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • settle (down) to something — settle (down) to sth derived to begin to give your attention to sth • They finally settled down to a discussion of the main issues. • He found it hard to settle to his work. Main entry: ↑settlederived …   Useful english dictionary

  • settle down to — (something) to give something all of your attention. I settled down to read about the festival and what I could do there. Usage notes: often said about a meal: After work, we all settle down to a home cooked dinner …   New idioms dictionary

  • settle down — phrasal verb Word forms settle down : present tense I/you/we/they settle down he/she/it settles down present participle settling down past tense settled down past participle settled down 1) [intransitive/transitive] same as settle I, 8) The kids… …   English dictionary

  • settle down — 1) PHRASAL VERB When someone settles down, they start living a quiet life in one place, especially when they get married or buy a house. [V P] One day I ll want to settle down and have a family... [V P prep/adv] Before she settled down in… …   English dictionary

  • settle down — verb 1. settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground (Freq. 4) dust settled on the roofs • Syn: ↑settle • Hypernyms: ↑put, ↑set, ↑place, ↑pose, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • settle — set‧tle [ˈsetl] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] to end an argument by agreeing to do something: • The two companies signed a pact that settled the patent suit. • Before the second phase of the trial, the companysettled out of court (= ended… …   Financial and business terms

  • settle — Ⅰ. settle [1] ► VERB 1) reach an agreement or decision about (an argument or problem). 2) (often settle down) adopt a more steady or secure life, especially through establishing a permanent home. 3) sit, come to rest, or arrange comfortably or… …   English terms dictionary

  • settle — settle1 [set′ l] n. [ME settel < OE setl (akin to Ger sessel) < IE * sedla < base * sed > SIT] a long wooden bench with a back, armrests, and sometimes a chest beneath the seat settle2 [set′ l] vt. settled, settling [ME setlen < OE …   English World dictionary

  • settle — set|tle W2S2 [ˈsetl] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(end argument)¦ 2¦(decide)¦ 3¦(start living in a place)¦ 4¦(comfortable)¦ 5¦(quiet/calm)¦ 6¦(move down)¦ 7¦(pay money)¦ 8¦(organize business/money)¦ 9 settle a score/account 10 some …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • settle — set|tle1 [ setl ] verb *** ▸ 1 end disagreement ▸ 2 go and live somewhere ▸ 3 fall & rest on ground ▸ 4 pay all money owed to someone ▸ 5 decide something definitely ▸ 6 gradually sink down ▸ 7 finish dealing with something ▸ 8 make someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English