establish

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from establish

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for establish

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Seth Richardson reports epidemiologists start with a phone call, then establish a timeframe for when the person was infected. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Some Cuyahoga County residents would have to travel 90 minutes to use the county’s only ballot drop box: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020," 23 Sep. 2020 There are no constitutional requirements for age, experience, or citizenship of Supreme Court justices, nor did the Constitution establish how many justices would make up the court. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Why the Supreme Court ended up with nine justices—and how that could change," 20 Sep. 2020 The technology, as shown in a dorm case on the Arizona campus in August, could establish wastewater epidemiology as a leading indicator for disease outbreaks, even when those affected are asymptomatic. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, "University of Minnesota begins testing dorm sewage for COVID-19 at Twin Cities, Duluth campuses," 20 Sep. 2020 And this study can’t establish whether or not the coronavirus was directly responsible for those negative birth outcomes, only that having COVID-19 in this study was correlated with a higher risk for those outcomes. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "New CDC Data Sheds Light on the COVID-19 Risks Pregnant People Face," 18 Sep. 2020 TikTok would establish its headquarters in the United States, while Oracle will host TikTok's user data and review TikTok's code for security. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The hot tech IPOs just keep coming," 18 Sep. 2020 In addition to the medical protocols approved, the 14 Big Ten institutions will establish a cardiac registry in an effort to examine the effects on COVID-19 positive student-athletes. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Ten announces plan to start the 2020 football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24," 16 Sep. 2020 In addition to the medical protocols approved, the 14 Big Ten institutions will establish a cardiac registry in an effort to examine the effects on COVID-19 positive student-athletes. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football reinstated; 8-game season to begin Oct. 24," 16 Sep. 2020 In addition, the 14 Big Ten institutions will establish a cardiac registry to examine the effects on Covid-19 positive student-athletes. Brandon Kochkodin, Bloomberg.com, "Big Ten to Start Football Next Month With Daily Testing," 16 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'establish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about establish

Time Traveler for establish

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for establish

Last Updated

26 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Establish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/establish. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for establish

establish

verb
How to pronounce establish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of establish

: 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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on establish

What made you want to look up establish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!