establish

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verb es·tab·lish \i-ˈsta-blish\

Definition of establish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to institute (something, such as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement

  3. 2 obsolete :  settle 7

  4. 3a :  to make firm or stableb :  to introduce and cause to grow and multiply establish grass on pasturelands

  5. 4a :  to bring into existence :  found established a republicb :  bring about, effect established friendly relations

  6. 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

  7. 6 :  to make (a church) a national or state institution

  8. 7 :  to put beyond doubt :  prove established my innocence

establishable

play \i-ˈsta-bli-shə-bəl\ adjective

establisher

play \i-ˈsta-bli-shər\ noun

Examples of establish in a sentence

  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.

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 century



ESTABLISH Defined for English Language Learners

establish

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verb es·tab·lish \i-ˈsta-blish\

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

establish

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verb es·tab·lish \i-ˈsta-blish\

Definition of establish for Students

established

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establishing

  1. 1 :  to bring into being :  found They established a colony.

  2. 2 :  to put beyond doubt :  prove She established her innocence.


Law Dictionary

establish

transitive verb es·tab·lish

Legal Definition of establish

  1. 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. 2 :  to make firm or stable

  3. 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

  4. 4 :  to make (a church) a national or state institution — see also establishment, establishment clause

  5. 5 :  to put beyond doubt :  prove

  6. 6 :  to place in a position of being accepted or followed a rule established by case law



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