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[set-l-muh nt]
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  1. the act or state of settling or the state of being settled.
  2. the act of making stable or putting on a permanent basis.
  3. a state of stability or permanence.
  4. an arrangement or adjustment, as of business affairs or a disagreement.
  5. an agreement signed after labor negotiations between union and management.
  6. the terms reached in this agreement.
  7. the settling of persons in a new country or place.
  8. a colony, especially in its early stages.
  9. a small community, village, or group of houses in a thinly populated area.
  10. a community formed and populated by members of a particular religious or ideological group: a Shaker settlement.
  11. the satisfying of a claim or demand; a coming to terms.
  12. Law.
    1. final disposition of an estate or the like.
    2. the settling of property, title, etc., upon a person.
    3. the property so settled.
  13. British.
    1. legal residence in a specific place.
    2. (of a pauper) the right to claim food and shelter from an official agency or specific town or district.
  14. Also called settlement house. Social Work. an establishment in an underprivileged area providing social services to local residents.
  15. a subsidence or sinking of all or part of a structure.
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Origin of settlement

First recorded in 1620–30; settle1 + -ment
Related formsnon·set·tle·ment, nouno·ver·set·tle·ment, nounpre·set·tle·ment, nounre·set·tle·ment, noun
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Related Words for resettlement

travel, exodus, migration, displacement, exile, voyage, relocation, removal, movement, defection, march, peregrination, colonization, journey, expatriation, trek, shift, departure, crossing, wandering

Examples from the Web for resettlement

Historical Examples of resettlement

  • The resettlement of the area after the massacre was delayed.

    The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624

    Charles E. Hatch

  • On one or other of these alternative lines the resettlement must be devised.

  • There have been resettlement projects and such stuff for generations.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The allied powers are agreed that the European resettlement must be inspired by the principle of nationality.

  • But Aitken did more than mine diamonds, for he had not forgotten the lesson we had learned together in the work of resettlement.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for resettlement


    1. the act or instance of settling or being settled in another place
    2. (as modifier)resettlement procedures
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  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
    1. the payment of an outstanding account, invoice, charge, etc
    2. (as modifier)settlement day
  8. an adjustment or agreement reached in matters of finance, business, etc
  9. law
    1. a conveyance, usually to trustees, of property to be enjoyed by several persons in succession
    2. the deed or other instrument conveying such property
    3. the determination of a dispute, etc, by mutual agreement without resorting to legal proceedings
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Word Origin and History for resettlement


1630s, from resettle + -ment. In a South African context from 1954.

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1620s, "act of fixing or steadying;" from settle (v.) + -ment. Meaning "a colony," especially a new one, "tract of country newly developed" is attested from 1690s; that of "small village on the frontier" is from 1827, American English. Sense of "payment of an account" is from 1729; legal sense "a settling of arrangements" (of divorce, property transfer, etc.) is from 1670s.

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