- the act or state of settling or being settled
- the establishment of a new region; colonization
- a place newly settled; colony
- a community formed by members of a group, esp of a religious sect
- a public building used to provide educational and general welfare facilities for persons living in deprived areas
- a subsidence of all or part of a structure
- the payment of an outstanding account, invoice, charge, etc
- (as modifier): settlement day
- an adjustment or agreement reached in matters of finance, business, etc
- a conveyance, usually to trustees, of property to be enjoyed by several persons in succession
- the deed or other instrument conveying such property
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set•tle•ment /ˈsɛtəlmənt/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the act or state of moving into or settling in a place, or the state of being settled:[uncountable]a colony for settlement in the south.
- a colony, esp. in its early stages:[countable]a small settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.
- [countable] a small community, as in a thinly populated area.
- Communications, Business an agreement signed after labor negotiations between union and management:[countable]to reach a settlement before the strike deadline.
- the satisfying of a claim or demand:[countable]reached a settlement out of court.
- Sociology[countable] Also called ˈset•tle•ment ˌhouse. an establishment in a poor area providing social services to local residents.
set•tle•ment (set′l mənt),USA pronunciation n.
- the act or state of settling or the state of being settled.
- the act of making stable or putting on a permanent basis.
- a state of stability or permanence.
- an arrangement or adjustment, as of business affairs or a disagreement.
- Communications, Businessan agreement signed after labor negotiations between union and management.
- Businessthe terms reached in this agreement.
- the settling of persons in a new country or place.
- a colony, esp. in its early stages.
- a small community, village, or group of houses in a thinly populated area.
- a community formed and populated by members of a particular religious or ideological group:a Shaker settlement.
- the satisfying of a claim or demand;
a coming to terms.
- final disposition of an estate or the like.
- the settling of property, title, etc., upon a person.
- the property so settled.
- British Terms
- legal residence in a specific place.
- (of a pauper) the right to claim food and shelter from an official agency or specific town or district.
- SociologyAlso called set′tlement house′. Social Work. an establishment in an underprivileged area providing social services to local residents.
- a subsidence or sinking of all or part of a structure.
- settle1 + -ment 1620–30
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settlement /ˈsɛtəlmənt/ n
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