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[ih-stab-lish] /ɪˈstæb lɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis:
to establish a university; to establish a medical practice.
to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.:
to establish one's child in business.
to show to be valid or true; prove:
to establish the facts of the matter.
to cause to be accepted or recognized:
to establish a custom; She established herself as a leading surgeon.
to bring about permanently:
to establish order.
to enact, appoint, or ordain for permanence, as a law; fix unalterably.
to make (a church) a national or state institution.
Cards. to obtain control of (a suit) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.
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
1. form, organize. See fix. 3. verify, substantiate. 6. decree.
1. abolish. 3. disprove. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for established
  • Excitement about new products also is driving up the stock prices of some established drug companies.
  • Having established its authority, it then names local police chiefs.
  • The earlier replies to this question established the implausibility of drawing on the zero point energy for practical use.
  • But they were established with a noble purpose, as places where doctors-in-training could study actual specimens.
  • Preference will be given to those with established research programs.
  • More chaotic markets where retailers buy from less established suppliers based solely on price would be different.
  • Marine life is starting to take its place alongside more established lab animals in medical and basic biological research.
  • Several studies have established that taller people today tend to live longer.
  • Butler found them work, established camps and provided food, clothing and wages.
  • Use low-flow drip-irrigation with a manual shutoff valve for the first year or so, until plants are established.
British Dictionary definitions for established


verb (usually transitive)
to make secure or permanent in a certain place, condition, job, etc to establish one's usefulness, to establish a house
to create or set up (an organization, etc) on or as if on a permanent basis to establish a company
to prove correct or free from doubt; validate to establish a fact
to cause (a principle, theory, etc) to be widely or permanently accepted to establish a precedent
to give (a Church) the status of a national institution
(of a person) to become recognized and accepted he established himself as a reliable GP
(in works of imagination) to cause (a character, place, etc) to be credible and recognized the first scene established the period
(cards) to make winners of (the remaining cards of a suit) by forcing out opponents' top cards
(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 established
late 14c., from O.Fr. establiss-, stem of establir, from L. stabilire "make stable," from stabilis "stable" (see stable (2)). Related: Established; establishing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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