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English definition of “settlement”

settlement

noun [U] (MOVEMENT LOWER)    /ˈset.l̩.mənt/ US  /ˈset̬-/
the process of the slow sinking of a building or the groundMoving downwardsFalling and dropping
(Definition of settlement noun (MOVEMENT LOWER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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