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English definition of “settlement”

settlement

noun uk   /ˈset.l̩.mənt/ us    /ˈset̬-/

settlement noun (AGREE)

C1 [C or U] an official agreement that finishes an argument: It now seems unlikely that it will be possible to negotiate/reach a peaceful settlement of the conflict. As part of their divorce settlement, Geoff agreed to let Polly keep the house. C2 [C] an arrangement to end a disagreement involving a law having been broken, without taking it to a law court, or an amount of money paid as part of such an arrangement: They reached an out-of-court settlement. The actor accepted a settlement of £100,000 from the newspaper.

settlement noun (HOME)

C2 [C or U] a place where people come to live or the process of settling in such a place: A large Roman settlement has been discovered just outside the town. Many Native Americans were killed during the settlement of the American West by Europeans in the 19th century.

settlement noun (PAYMENT)

[C or U] the action of paying money to someone: The settlement of his debts took him several months. I enclose a cheque in settlement of your claim. Her mother made a settlement on her (= made a formal arrangement to give her money) when she started college.

settlement noun (MOVEMENT LOWER)

[U] the process of the slow sinking of a building or the ground
(Definition of settlement from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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