Settle down – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. To settle down is to start living in a place where you plan stay for a long time, usually with a person that you love, and especially after having different partners or travelling a lot.

Example of use:

I worked in many different countries when I was younger, but I came back to the UK in 2005 and settled down and got married.

2. When two people settle down together they set up a life together and perhaps get married, buy a house and start a family.

Example of use:

a) Alice and Peter are settling down and buying a house together. They are getting married in June.

b) They make a lovely couple. I hope they settle down together.

3.To settle down is also to become less active, anxious or upset.

Examples of use:

a) Will you settle the children down?! I’m trying to work!

b) Settle down and stop worrying about your English exam. You’ll do very well, I’m sure.

c) Settle down class, and get your books out. Today we’re going to learn about phrasal verbs.

4. When an intense or chaotic situation becomes less intense or chaotic it settles down.

Examples of use:

a) There was a fight between the rival football fans but things have settled down now.

b) The shoppers charged in when the shop doors opened for the big sale. Thank goodness they have settled down now!

settle down
present simple
settle down and settles down
-ing form
settling down
past simple
settled down
past participle
settled down

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