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In English, "to settle in" describes what someone does after moving in to a new place or returning from a long vacation:

I just got back, I'm still settling in.

We moved last week! It will be a couple weeks until we're all settled in.

How does this concept translate to Spanish?

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Asentar(se) seems the most apt word to me.

I just got back, I'm still settling in.

Recién regresé, todavía me estoy asentando. (or: estoy asentándome).

Other related words: aclimatar(se) (to adapt to new environments), adaptar(se) (to adapt, in general), acomodar(se) (to make yourself confortable)

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I don't think that's what "settle in" means in the context of the OP. Please see my answer. –  CesarGon Jan 25 '12 at 16:27

I'd translate it as acomodándome. Example:

I just got back, I'm still settling in. --> Acabé de regresar, todavía me estoy acomodando.

We moved last week! It will be a couple weeks until we're all settled in. --> ¡Nos pasamos la semana pasada! Serán un par de semanas más hasta que terminemos de acomodarnos

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I'd say "instalarse".

  • I just got back, I'm still settling in. -> Acabo de volver, todavía me estoy instalando.
  • We moved last week! It will be a couple weeks until we're all settled in. -> ¡Nos mudamos la semana pasada! Necesitaremos un par de semanas para instalarnos.
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For the second one, I'd definitely use instalarse, but for the first, returning home, I'm not so sure. Though right now I can't think of a better alternative. –  MikMik Jan 26 '12 at 6:38

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