verb \i-ˈsta-blish\

: to cause (someone or something) to be widely known and accepted

: to put (someone or something) in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time

: to begin or create (something that is meant to last for a long time)

Full Definition of ESTABLISH

transitive verb
:  to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement
obsolete :  settle 7
a :  to make firm or stable
b :  to introduce and cause to grow and multiply <establish grass on pasturelands>
a :  to bring into existence :  found <established a republic>
b :  bring about, effect <established friendly relations>
a :  to put on a firm basis :  set up <establish his son in business>
b :  to put into a favorable position
c :  to gain full recognition or acceptance of <the role established her as a star>
:  to make (a church) a national or state institution
:  to put beyond doubt :  prove <established my innocence>
es·tab·lish·able \-shə-bəl\ adjective
es·tab·lish·er \-shər\ noun

Examples of ESTABLISH

  1. The film established her as a star.
  2. She established a reputation as a hard worker.
  3. The word is now established as part of the English language.
  4. The company has established itself as a leader in the industry.
  5. As a young doctor he worked hard to establish himself in the community.
  6. They want to establish their children in the family business.
  7. She established a system of tracking expenses more accurately.
  8. The two countries established a mutual trade agreement.
  9. establishing a link between diet and cancer
  10. Investigators are trying to establish if anyone knew about these problems before the accident.


Middle English establissen, from Anglo-French establiss-, stem of establir, from Latin stabilire, from stabilis stable
First Known Use: 14th century


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