settlement

A settlement is a colony or any small community of people. If a bunch of people build houses on the moon together, they’ll have the first lunar settlement. A settlement is also the resolution of something such as a lawsuit.

One kind of settlement is a place where people live. This can be a community that's smaller than a town, like a village. Also, if one country establishes a colony somewhere else, that can be called a settlement. The other kind of settlement happens when something is settled, like the end of a disagreement. A lawsuit is ended if there's a settlement — both parties make an agreement that often involves money. A settlement brings closure and resolution.

Primary Meanings of settlement

1.
n
the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies
2.
n
something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
Full Definitions of settlement
1

n the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies

Synonyms:
colonisation, colonization
Types:
population
the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
Type of:
constitution, establishment, formation, organisation, organization
the act of forming or establishing something

n 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

Synonyms:
colony
Examples:
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Demerara
a former Dutch colony in South America; now a part of Guyana
Rock of Gibraltar
location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Plymouth Colony
colony formed by the Pilgrims when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620; it was absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691
New Amsterdam
a settlement established by the Dutch near the mouth of Hudson River and the southern end of Manhattan Island; annexed by the English in 1664 and renamed New York
Types:
frontier settlement, outpost
a settlement on the frontier of civilization
Plantation
a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)
proprietary colony
a colony given to a proprietor to govern (in 17th century)
Type of:
body
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

n a community of people smaller than a town

Synonyms:
small town, village
Types:
moshav
a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
Type of:
community
a group of people living in a particular local area

n an area where a group of families live together

Examples:
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Cheddar
a village in southwestern England where cheddar cheese was first made
Sealyham
a village in southwestern Wales where the Sealyham terrier was first bred
El Alamein
a village to the west of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt; the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Germans in 1942
Jericho
a village in Palestine near the north end of the Dead Sea; in the Old Testament it was the first place taken by the Israelites under Joshua as they entered the Promised Land
Jamestown
a former village on the James River in Virginia to the north of Norfolk; site of the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607
Chancellorsville
a village in northeastern Virginia
Spotsylvania
a village in northeastern Virginia where battles were fought during the American Civil War
Yorktown
a historic village in southeastern Virginia to the north of Newport News; site of the last battle of the American Revolution
Types:
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hamlet, village
a settlement smaller than a town
campong, kampong
a native village in Malaysia
kraal
a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
pueblo
a communal village built by Indians in the southwestern United States
Type of:
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth
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n something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

“they finally reached a settlement with the union”
Synonyms:
closure, resolution
Type of:
deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

n a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

Examples:
Missouri Compromise
an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories
Types:
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accommodation
a settlement of differences
conclusion
a final settlement
out-of-court settlement
resolution of a dispute prior to the rendering of a final decision by the trial court
property settlement
(matrimonial law) the division of property owned or acquired by marriage partners during their marriage
accord and satisfaction
the settlement of a debt by paying less than the amount demanded in exchange for extinguishing the debt
modus vivendi
a temporary accommodation of a disagreement between parties pending a permanent settlement
compromise
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
Type of:
agreement, understanding
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

n termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities

Synonyms:
liquidation
Types:
viatical settlement, viaticus settlement
sale of an insurance policy by a terminally ill policy holder
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

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