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settle down

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to adopt a quieter and more stable lifestyle.
After traveling the world for years, she finally settled down.They hoped their son would marry and settle down.
definition 2: to become calmer or more orderly.
The children were screaming in the backseat and their father told them to settle down.The crowd settled down once they understood what was happening.People were still rioting an hour ago but things have settled down now.
similar words:
calm, cool off, simmer down
definition 3: to put oneself in a position to relax or go to sleep.
She settled down in a chair by the fire.
definition 4: to begin to focus on something with full concentration (usu. fol. by "to").
When all the guests had finally left, they settled down to the large task of cleaning up.After my long vacation, it took me some time to settle down to my work again.