1 the act or state of settling or being settled
2 the establishment of a new region; colonization
3 a place newly settled; colony
4 a collection of dwellings forming a community, esp. on a frontier
5 a community formed by members of a group, esp. of a religious sect
6 a public building used to provide educational and general welfare facilities for persons living in deprived areas
7 a subsidence of all or part of a structure
a the payment of an outstanding account, invoice, charge, etc.
b (as modifier)
9 an adjustment or agreement reached in matters of finance, business, etc.
a a conveyance, usually to trustees, of property to be enjoyed by several persons in succession
b the deed or other instrument conveying such property
c the determination of a dispute, etc., by mutual agreement without resorting to legal proceedings
n (S. African)
euphemistic a squatter camp
n (Austral) the allocation of Crown land for farming to ex-servicemen
soldier settler n
n the purchase by a charity of a life assurance policy owned by a person with only a short time to live, to enable that person to use the proceeds during his or her lifetime
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