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establish

[ih-stab-lish] /ɪˈstæb lɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis:
to establish a university; to establish a medical practice.
2.
to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.:
to establish one's child in business.
3.
to show to be valid or true; prove:
to establish the facts of the matter.
4.
to cause to be accepted or recognized:
to establish a custom; She established herself as a leading surgeon.
5.
to bring about permanently:
to establish order.
6.
to enact, appoint, or ordain for permanence, as a law; fix unalterably.
7.
to make (a church) a national or state institution.
8.
Cards. to obtain control of (a suit) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English establissen < Middle French establiss-, extended stem of establir < Latin stabilīre, akin to stabilis stable2
Related forms
establishable, adjective
establisher, noun
quasi-established, adjective
reestablish, verb (used with object)
superestablish, verb (used with object)
unestablishable, adjective
Synonyms
1. form, organize. See fix. 3. verify, substantiate. 6. decree.
Antonyms
1. abolish. 3. disprove.
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Examples for establish
  • Exporters met recently in London to try to establish a cartel to push up prices.
  • Keeping the plant too wet makes it easier for bacteria or fungi to establish themselves.
  • His goal was to establish himself as a working comic, not as a television star.
  • Superstitions establish limits and invokes the imagination.
  • Students will conclude by writing proposals to establish new marine sanctuaries.
  • It took years for the tribunal to establish itself.
  • You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money.
  • Everybody wants to fight to establish who they are as soon as possible.
  • We're looking to establish a tight knit group and so far so good.
  • It can summarize the article, set the scene, or establish the mood of the story.
British Dictionary definitions for establish

establish

/ɪˈstæblɪʃ/
verb (usually transitive)
1.
to make secure or permanent in a certain place, condition, job, etc to establish one's usefulness, to establish a house
2.
to create or set up (an organization, etc) on or as if on a permanent basis to establish a company
3.
to prove correct or free from doubt; validate to establish a fact
4.
to cause (a principle, theory, etc) to be widely or permanently accepted to establish a precedent
5.
to give (a Church) the status of a national institution
6.
(of a person) to become recognized and accepted he established himself as a reliable GP
7.
(in works of imagination) to cause (a character, place, etc) to be credible and recognized the first scene established the period
8.
(cards) to make winners of (the remaining cards of a suit) by forcing out opponents' top cards
9.
(also intransitive) (botany)
  1. to cause (a plant) to grow or (of a plant) to grow in a new place the birch scrub has established over the past 25 years
  2. to become or cause to become a sapling or adult plant from a seedling
Derived Forms
establisher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French establir, from Latin stabilīre to make firm, from stabilisstable²
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Word Origin and History for establish
v.

late 14c., from Old French establiss-, present participle stem of establir (12c., Modern French établir) "cause to stand still, establish, stipulate, set up, erect, build," from Latin stabilire "make stable," from stabilis "stable" (see stable (adj.)).

For initial e-, see especial. Related: Established; establishing. An established church or religion is one sanctioned by the state.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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