es·​tab·​lished | \ i-ˈsta-blisht How to pronounce established (audio) \

Definition of established

1 : accepted and recognized or followed by many people established rules/customs/traditions
2a : successful for a long period of time and widely known an established author/artist an established law firm … people with Ph.D.s have been credentialed by established experts in their fields— Louis Menand
b : growing or flourishing successfully an established plant an established flower garden
3 of a church or religion : officially recognized and accepted by the government of a country Some of the religious groups lasted, but at a price. Their dogma hardened, and they developed organizational structures that are mirror images of established churches.— O. B. Hardison, Jr.

First Known Use of established

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Established.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of established

: accepted and used by many people
: successful for a long period of time
: officially recognized and accepted by the government of a country


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