settlement

noun
set·​tle·​ment | \ ˈse-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce settlement (audio) \

Definition of settlement

1 : the act or process of settling
2a : an act of bestowing or giving possession under legal sanction
b : the sum, estate, or income secured to one by such a settlement
3a : occupation by settlers
b : a place or region newly settled
c : a small village
5 : an agreement composing differences
6 : payment or adjustment of an account

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Examples of settlement in a Sentence

I got the house in the divorce settlement. The parties have not been able to reach a settlement in the case. We were hoping for a quick settlement of the dispute between the neighbors. English settlements in North America. This was the island's first colonial settlement. They came upon the ruins of an ancient settlement.
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That latter position gets covered with the stock issued in settlement at maturity. Washington Post, "Vodafone’s $4.5 Billion Happy Meal for Hedge Funds," 18 Sep. 2019 As Davis recounted in his 1998 book, Shadows in the Sun, the Inuit man's family had taken away his tools in a vain attempt to persuade him to leave the ice and join them in a settlement. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Knives made of frozen feces don’t make the cut, disproving well-known legend," 16 Sep. 2019 One of these is trucking, which has already paid out millions in settlements to drivers claiming they were improperly classified as freelancers. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "California's gig worker law will mostly affect non-gig workers," 13 Sep. 2019 Rubin said her suit, filed under PAGA, was resolved in a confidential settlement last week. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Employees lose avenue to sue for what they believe were unpaid wages," 12 Sep. 2019 In a settlement with federal authorities, Google has agreed to let employees speak publicly and with each other on certain topics, according to new reports. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Google agrees to let workers speak publicly about pay, diversity: reports," 12 Sep. 2019 HomeAway had already agreed — in a legal settlement after years of trading lawsuits with the city — to purge listings for unregistered vacation rentals by the end of the month, the revenue bureau said. oregonlive, "Airbnb to share data with Portland for tax, license enforcement," 5 Sep. 2019 And people who lived in the Nikumaroro settlement as children later reported finding plane parts. Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, "Amelia Earhart search crew shares personal theories on her disappearance," 23 Aug. 2019 The crisis has uncovered hundreds of victims of abuse at the hands of Nassar and prompted millions in settlements. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of settlement

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of settlement was in 1648

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settlement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of settlement

: a formal agreement or decision that ends an argument or dispute also : an amount of money that someone receives as part of such an agreement
: the act or process of settling an argument or disagreement
: the act of paying back money that is owed

settlement

noun
set·​tle·​ment | \ ˈse-tᵊl-mənt How to pronounce settlement (audio) \

Kids Definition of settlement

1 : a formal agreement that ends an argument or dispute
2 : final payment (as of a bill)
3 : the act or fact of establishing colonies the settlement of New England
4 : a place or region newly settled
5 : a small village

settlement

noun
set·​tle·​ment

Legal Definition of settlement

1 : the act or process of settling
2a : an agreement reducing or resolving differences especially : an agreement between litigants that concludes the litigation the states finally agreed upon a settlement and a consent decree — W. J. Brennan, Jr. entered into a property settlement prior to the divorce
b : a formal and permanent grant or conveyance
c : the sum, estate, or income granted or paid under a settlement if the monetary limits of a defendant's insurance policy can be discovered in order to obtain reasonable settlements— J. H. Friedenthal et al.
3 : closing settlement costs
4 : the transfer of funds between a payor bank and a collecting bank in order to complete transactions for customers

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