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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.
Origin of establish
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. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for re-establish
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  • However, they were good little things, and it was not hard to re-establish discipline with them.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It hadn't taken 'em long to re-establish friendly relations.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • You want to find this girl and re-establish communication between her and Marmaduke, andergenerally play Fairy Godmother.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • It was difficult, but Frances was eager to re-establish confidence with her sister.

    Robin Redbreast Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • His first care was to restore the exhausted resources of the country and to re-establish order in finance.

  • They were to re-establish the Church at home by the endowment of doctrinal education.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
British Dictionary definitions for re-establish


verb (transitive)
to establish (something) again: a fight to re-establish his authority
Derived Forms
re-establishment, noun


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 re-establish

also reestablish, late 15c.; from re- + establish. Related: Re-established; re-establishing.



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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