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settlement

noun [C or U] (HOME)    /ˈset.l̩.mənt/ US  /ˈset̬-/
C2 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.Towns, cities and villages (general)
(Definition of settlement noun (HOME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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