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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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  • They need to rebuild from the bottom up and reestablish themselves.
  • Tremendous efforts are being done to reestablish our railroads.
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  • At the last moment, the anesthesiologist managed to slip a tube through the vocal cords and reestablish oxygen flow to the heart.
  • Research and management efforts continue to reestablish a wild population.
British Dictionary definitions for reestablish

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 reestablish

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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