'settle in' and 'settle down'

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Senior Member
Korea & Korean
Dear helpers,

Are these two phrasal verbs interchangeable?

If possible, do you want to settle in the U.S.A?

If possible, do you want to settle down in the U.S.A?

I kept using 'settle in' so far, but today I realized that 'settle in' has the meaing of "getting used to". Would you let me know the difference?

Thank you all in advance. =)
  • Trisia

    Senior Member
    I think you're better off using "settle in the US."

    To settle down (Click) means to take roots, to find a place and stay there, but not in the sense of moving to a place to stay - that's settling in, actually.

    I used to travel a lot, but then I got married and settled down.
    We were looking for a new place and we finally settled in Seattle.

    Of course it's better to wait for more answers - I might be wrong.

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    You settle on an island but in a country, so sometimes you have a choice. I would use 'in' for any island that is a country (Iceland, for example) or is something like (or used to be) a country (Zanzibar), but 'on' for smaller islands with no claim to an independent existence (Skye, for example)
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