establish

es|tab|lish [ ı`stæblıʃ ] verb transitive ***
1. ) to make something start to exist or start to happen:
A proper procedure for complaints should be established.
The case established an important legal principle.
Mandela was eager to establish good relations with the business community.
a ) to start an organization or company:
The company was established in 1860.
The board agreed to establish two committees to examine the proposals.
2. ) to achieve success, so that people recognize your skill, qualities, or power:
Within six months, Caesar had established his authority over Gaul.
establish yourself/someone (as something): Reagan quickly established himself as a promising movie actor.
establish a reputation: The Institute has established a reputation for supporting the Arts.
3. ) to discover, prove, or decide that something is true:
The cause of death has not yet been established.
establish (that): We have established that you were present that afternoon.
establish a link/connection: Townsend's work firmly established the links between unemployment and poverty.
establish whether/how/who etc.: I was never able to establish whether she was telling the truth.
4. ) to make the characters in a story seem real:
By what means does the author attempt to establish the character of the narrator?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • establish — es·tab·lish vt 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: to make firm or stable 3: to bring into existence …   Law dictionary

  • establish — es‧tab‧lish [ɪˈstæblɪʆ] verb [transitive] COMMERCE to start a company, organization, system etc that is intended to exist for a long time: • My grandfather established the family business in 1938. * * * establish UK US /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/ verb ► [T,… …   Financial and business terms

  • establish — [ə stab′lish, istab′lish] vt. [ME establissen < extended stem of OFr establir < L stabilire < stabilis, STABLE1] 1. to make stable; make firm; settle [to establish a habit] 2. to order, ordain, or enact (a law, statute, etc.) permanently …   English World dictionary

  • Establish — Es*tab lish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Established}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Establishing}.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir, F. [ e]tablir, fr. L. stabilire, fr. stabilis firm, steady, stable. See {Stable}, a., { ish}, and cf. {Stablish}.] 1. To make stable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • establish — late 14c., from O.Fr. establiss , prp. stem of establir (12c., Mod.Fr. établir) cause to stand still, establish, stipulate, set up, erect, build, from L. stabilire make stable, from stabilis stable (see STABLE (Cf. stable) (2)). For initial e ,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • establish — [v1] set up, organize authorize, base, build, constitute, create, decree, domiciliate, enact, endow, ensconce, entrench, erect, fix, form, found, ground, implant, inaugurate, inculcate, install, institute, land, lay foundation, live, lodge, moor …   New thesaurus

  • establish — 1 *set, settle, fix Analogous words: implant, inculcate, instill: *secure, rivet, anchor, moor Antonyms: uproot (a tree, a habit, a practice): abrogate (a right, a privilege, a quality) Contrasted words: eradicate, extirpate, wipe, *exterminate2… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • establish — ► VERB 1) set up on a firm or permanent basis. 2) initiate or bring about. 3) (be established) be settled or accepted in a particular place or role. 4) show to be true or certain by determining the facts. 5) (established) recognized by the state… …   English terms dictionary

  • establish — verb 1 start/create sth ADVERB ▪ initially, originally ▪ The Internet was originally established by scientists to share information. ▪ formally ▪ The League was formally established in 1920 …   Collocations dictionary

  • establish */*/*/ — UK [ɪˈstæblɪʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms establish : present tense I/you/we/they establish he/she/it establishes present participle establishing past tense established past participle established 1) a) to make something start to exist or… …   English dictionary

  • establish — es|tab|lish W1S3 [ıˈstæblıʃ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: establir, from Latin stabilire to make firm ] 1.) to start a company, organization, system, etc that is intended to exist or continue for a long time = ↑found ▪ The city… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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