establishment

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noun es·tab·lish·ment \ i-ˈsta-blish-mənt \

Definition of establishment

1 :something established: such as
a :a settled arrangement; especially :a code of laws
c :a permanent civil or military organization
d :a place of business or residence with its furnishings and staff
e :a public or private institution
2 :an established order of society: such as
a often capitalized :a group of social, economic, and political leaders who form a ruling class (as of a nation)
b often capitalized :a controlling group
  • the literary establishment
3 a :the act of establishing
b :the state of being established

Examples of establishment in a Sentence

  1. the establishment of a business

  2. the establishment of a scientific fact

  3. His novels were disliked by the literary establishment.

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First Known Use of establishment

15th century

establishment Synonyms

Synonyms
place, joint, parlor, salon
Related Words
spot, station; facility, installation; club, house; den, dive, hole


ESTABLISHMENT Defined for Kids

establishment

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noun es·tab·lish·ment \ i-ˈsta-blish-mənt \

Definition of establishment for Students

1 :the act of founding or of proving
2 :a place where people live or do business

Law Dictionary

establishment

noun es·tab·lish·ment

legal Definition of establishment

1 :something established: as
a :a church recognized by law as the official church of a nation or state and supported by civil authority
b :a permanent civil or military organization
c :a place of residence or especially business with its furnishings and staff
2 a :an act of establishing
b :the state of being established


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