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1 a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government [syn: colony]
2 a community of people smaller than a town [syn: village, small town]
3 a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
4 the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies; "the British colonization of America" [syn: colonization, colonisation]
5 something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; "the finally reached a settlement with the union"; "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure" [syn: resolution, closure]
6 an area where a group of families live together
7 termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities [syn: liquidation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈset.l.mənt/, /"sEt.l.m@nt/



  1. The state of being settled.
  2. A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled.
  3. The gradual sinking of a building. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  4. The delivery of goods by the seller and payment for them by the buyer, under a previously agreed trade or transaction or contract entered into.
  5. A disposition of property, or the act of granting it.
  6. A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence.
  7. A resolution of a dispute.

Related terms


The state of being settled
(Law): A disposition of property, or the act of granting it
A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled
(Architecture): The gradual sinking of a building
(Law): A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence
(finance) The delivery of goods by the seller and payment for them by the buyer

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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