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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. a.
      [uncountable] the process of going to live in a place with few people and starting to make it into a community
    2. 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 guestsaccounts.

    in settlement (of something):

    Enclosed is a check in settlement of the bill.

  4. 4



    settlement house

    [countable] a public building where poor people can go to receive help, for example training or advice
  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] money or property that you legally give to someone


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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