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Definition of settlement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an official agreement that ends an argument between two people or groups to negotiate a peace settlement The management and unions have reached a settlement over new working conditions. an out-of-court settlement (= money that is paid to someone or an agreement that is made to stop someone going to court)
  2. 2[uncountable] the action of reaching an agreement the settlement of a dispute
  3. 3[countable] (law) the conditions, or a document stating the conditions, on which money or property is given to someone a divorce/marriage/property, etc. settlement
  4. 4[uncountable] the action of paying back money that you owe the settlement of a debt a check in settlement of a bill Settlement is made monthly by direct debit.
  5. 5[countable] a place where people have come to live and make their homes, especially where few or no people lived before signs of an Iron Age settlement a mining settlement
  6. 6[uncountable] the process of people making their homes in a place the settlement of the American West
  7. 7[uncountable] = subsidence
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