es·​tab·​lished i-ˈsta-blisht How to pronounce established (audio)
: accepted and recognized or followed by many people
established rules/customs/traditions
: 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 fieldsLouis Menand
: growing or flourishing successfully
an established plant
an established flower garden
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.

Examples of established in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Series Mania Institute says the workshop follows its established methodology of learning by doing. Patrick Frater, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 Steamboat Springs has not one but two ski resorts — the larger, more established Steamboat Ski Resort (with 23 lifts and 182 trails) and Howelsen Hill Ski Area, a tiny ski area in downtown Steamboat that holds the title as the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 The festival’s ‘New Vanguard Award’ is presented annually to an established creative in their own home region, who has placed their national cinema on the map through international acclaim. Patrick Frater, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 The free press is supposed to operate from a set of principles, working within established guardrails to spare readers the publication of false information, including hoaxes and lies that may incite violence or escalate preexisting hostilities. Becket Adams, National Review, 22 Oct. 2023 Last month, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that Bird, an established photographer, hadn't popped the question. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 But now, as those services become more established, subscription costs have ballooned. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Some have ties to more established armed groups, including Hamas, but most are loosely organized. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 Car sales overall remain well below pre-pandemic levels and profit margins on EVs among established players are slim to non-existent. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 29 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of established was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Established.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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