establish

verb
es·​tab·​lish | \ i-ˈsta-blish How to pronounce establish (audio) \
established; establishing; establishes

Essential Meaning of establish

1 : to cause (someone or something) to be widely known and accepted establish a claim The film established her as a star. See More ExamplesShe 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.Hide
2 : to put (someone or something) in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time As a young doctor he worked hard to establish himself in the community. They want to establish their children in the family business.
3 : to begin or create (something that is meant to last for a long time) establish [=found] a school The city was established [=founded] in the 18th century.

Full Definition of establish

transitive verb

1 : to institute (something, such as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement
2 obsolete : settle sense 7
3a : to make firm or stable
b : to introduce and cause to grow and multiply establish grass on pasturelands
4a : to bring into existence : found established a republic
b : bring about, effect established friendly relations
5a : 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
6 : to make (a church) a national or state institution
7 : to put beyond doubt : prove established my innocence

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Other Words from establish

establishable \ i-​ˈsta-​bli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce establish (audio) \ adjective
establisher \ i-​ˈsta-​bli-​shər How to pronounce establish (audio) \ noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But in today’s high-flying NFL, winning the shootout is imperative, and Mayfield must step it up in that regard and establish himself as more of a gamer in the pros. cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 Obama used the Antiquities Act to establish it, undermining years of work by fishing groups, said Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. Lindsay Whitehurst And Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2021 One-man show Even as USC’s offense has struggled to establish itself consistently, no receiver in college football has been more dominant through the season’s first month than Drake London. Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Tweed-New Haven Airport is ramping up efforts to establish itself as Connecticut’s second major airport alongside Bradley International, with its eye on air passengers from the New Haven area and the southern half of the state. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 26 Sep. 2021 Lawrence Academy is looking to re-establish itself in the ISL6 after a couple of lean years in 2018 and 2019 that featured low numbers, forfeits and just three total wins. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Plus, the company plans to establish centers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington. Anne Field, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 There are also plans to establish a physical studio space. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Some can be harmful — especially when those in the highest-ranking positions manipulate other members for their own gain, and establish themselves as untouchable, infallible leaders who are owed obedience. Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of establish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for establish

Middle English establissen, from Anglo-French establiss-, stem of establir, from Latin stabilire, from stabilis stable

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The first known use of establish was in the 14th century

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21 Oct 2021

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“Establish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/establish. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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establish

verb
es·​tab·​lish | \ i-ˈsta-blish How to pronounce establish (audio) \
established; establishing

Kids Definition of establish

1 : to bring into being : found They established a colony.
2 : to put beyond doubt : prove She established her innocence.

establish

transitive verb
es·​tab·​lish

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 ConstitutionU.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 roadsU.S. Constitution art. I specifically : to found (a national bank) pursuant to a charter
4 : to make (a church) a national or state institution — see also establishment, establishment clause
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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