Definition of establish
1 : to institute (something, such as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement
2 obsolete : settle 7
3a : to make firm or stableb : to introduce and cause to grow and multiply establish grass on pasturelands
5a : to put on a firm basis : set up establish his son in businessb : to put into a favorable positionc : to gain full recognition or acceptance of the role established her as a star
6 : to make (a church) a national or state institution
7 : to put beyond doubt : prove established my innocence
establishableplay \i-ˈsta-bli-shə-bəl\ adjective
establisherplay \i-ˈsta-bli-shər\ noun
Examples of establish in a Sentence
The film established her as a star.
She established a reputation as a hard worker.
The word is now established as part of the English language.
The company has established itself as a leader in the industry.
As a young doctor he worked hard to establish himself in the community.
They want to establish their children in the family business.
She established a system of tracking expenses more accurately.
The two countries established a mutual trade agreement.
establishing a link between diet and cancer
Investigators are trying to establish if anyone knew about these problems before the accident.
Recent Examples of establish from the Web
A GoFundMe page has been established to help support Thomas.
Reform Government Surveillance, a coalition of tech firms established after the 2013 leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said reforming the law remains a priority.
Beyond his baseball years, Killebrew established a legacy of generosity.
The Senate GOP proposal would also expand special-needs vouchers at private schools, and allow private voucher schools to establish and enroll students in virtual education programs.
Among these skillful women behind the lens are established masters of the craft Catherine Opie and Laurie Simmons.
Naperville residents Charlie Wilkins and Barb Hower are opposed Avram's proposal, and on June 5 filed a request to establish the building as a landmark.
Establishing a museum dedicated to half the population is long overdue.
According to Cornerstone's website, Lewis and his wife met while the two were studying at Fairhaven Baptist College and established their own church in 2008.
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Origin and Etymology of establish
Middle English establissen, from Anglo-French establiss-, stem of establir, from Latin stabilire, from stabilis stable
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ESTABLISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of establish for English Language Learners
: 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)
ESTABLISH Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of establish
1 : to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement we the people of the United States…do ordain and establish this Constitution — U.S. Constitution preamble
2 : to make firm or stable
3 : to bring into existence : found Congress shall have power…to establish post offices and post roads — U.S. Constitution art. I; specifically : to found (a national bank) pursuant to a charter
5 : to put beyond doubt : prove
6 : to place in a position of being accepted or followed a rule established by case law
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