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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 reestablished
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  • “You seem to forget, sir, that my Emperor has reestablished Christianity,” I observed.

  • When he returned, the line of communication was reestablished, and Juan Alvarado was dead.

    The Night-Born Jack London
  • Wardens and masters were reestablished, first in Paris and a little later in the other towns.

  • His visitors climbed the bank and reestablished themselves on the wood-ranks.

    The Prodigal Judge Vaughan Kester
  • Peace was reestablished, trade was resumed, and I was free to continue my journey.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Then the Spanish government, reestablished throughout the island, for a time showed Cuba marked favor.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • They begin to get back to fundamentals and to seek means of becoming so reestablished as to avoid future cataclysms.

    A Living from the Land William B. Duryee
British Dictionary definitions for reestablished


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 reestablished



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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