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.

Definitions of settlement
  1. noun
    the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies
    synonyms: colonisation, colonization
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    the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
    type of:
    constitution, establishment, formation, organisation, organization
    the act of forming or establishing something
  2. noun
    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
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    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
    frontier settlement, outpost
    a settlement on the frontier of civilization
    a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)
    proprietary colony
    a colony given to a proprietor to govern (in 17th century)
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    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  3. noun
    a community of people smaller than a town
    synonyms: small town, village
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    a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
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    a group of people living in a particular local area
  4. noun
    an area where a group of families live together
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    hamlet, village
    a settlement smaller than a town
    campong, kampong
    a native village in Malaysia
    a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
    a communal village built by Native Americans in the southwestern United States
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    geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
    a demarcated area of the Earth
  5. noun
    something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
    “they finally reached a settlement with the union”
    synonyms: closure, resolution
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    deciding, decision making
    the cognitive process of reaching a decision
  6. noun
    a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
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    a settlement of differences
    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
    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
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    agreement, understanding
    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
  7. noun
    termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
    synonyms: liquidation
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    viatical settlement, viaticus settlement
    sale of an insurance policy by a terminally ill policy holder
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
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