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noun settlement pronunciation in American English /ˈset(ə)lmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a formal agreement that ends a disagreement
    They are negotiating a peace settlement.
    the settlement of disputes between employers and employees
    1. a.
      an agreement that both sides involved in a legal disagreement accept or are forced to accept by a court
      He got the apartment as part of their divorce settlement.
      an out-of-court settlement (=made without asking a court to decide)
  2. 2
    [countable] a place where people have come to live permanently, usually when there were very few people living there before
    They discovered the remains of an early Anglo-Saxon settlement.
    1. b.
      [countable] a small town
      a rural settlement in western Minnesota
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the complete payment of an amount of money that you owe
    settlement of: Your duties include dealing with the settlement of guests’ accounts.
    in settlement (of something): Enclosed is a check in settlement of the bill.
  4. 5
    [countable/uncountable] money or property that you legally give to someone

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