Definitions for establishɪˈstæb lɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

es•tab•lishɪˈstæb lɪʃ(v.t.)

  1. to bring into being on a firm or permanent basis; found; institute:

    to establish a university.

  2. to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.:

    to establish oneself in business.

  3. to show to be valid or true; prove:

    to establish the facts.

  4. to ascertain; determine:

    to establish the time of death.


  5. to cause to be accepted or recognized:

    to establish a custom.

  6. to bring about:

    to establish order.

  7. to enact, appoint, or ordain on a permanent basis, as a law.

  8. to make (a church) a national or state institution.

    Category: Religion

  9. to obtain control of (a suit of cards) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.

    Category: Games

Origin of establish:

1325–75; ME establissen < MF establiss- < L stabilīre to make firm


Princeton's WordNet

  1. establish, set up, found, launch(verb)

    set up or found

    "She set up a literacy program"

  2. establish, found, plant, constitute, institute(verb)

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

  3. prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shew(verb)

    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

    "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"

  4. lay down, establish, make(verb)

    institute, enact, or establish

    "make laws"

  5. establish, give(verb)

    bring about

    "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"

  6. install, instal, set up, establish(verb)


    "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"

  7. build, establish(verb)

    build or establish something abstract

    "build a reputation"

  8. establish, base, ground, found(verb)

    use as a basis for; found on

    "base a claim on some observation"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. establish(verb)ɪˈstæb lɪʃ

    to make sth start to exist; = set up

    We are establishing a relationship with a school in Mexico.; A charity fund was established in his name.

  2. establishɪˈstæb lɪʃ

    to find enough evidence to support an idea

    Have they established that it was a drowning?

  3. establishɪˈstæb lɪʃ

    to gain recognition through success

    She has established herself as the local legal expert.


  1. establish(Verb)

    To make stable or firm; to confirm.

  2. establish(Verb)

    To form; to found; to institute; to set up in business.

  3. establish(Verb)

    To appoint, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.

  4. establish(Verb)

    To prove and cause to be accepted as true; to establish a fact; to demonstrate.

  5. Origin: establissen, , stem of some of the conjugated forms of establir, (Modern établir), from stabilio, from stabilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Establish(adj)

    to make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm

  2. Establish(adj)

    to appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain

  3. Establish(adj)

    to originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute; to create and regulate; -- said of a colony, a state, or other institutions

  4. Establish(adj)

    to secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true; as, to establish a fact, usage, principle, opinion, doctrine, etc

  5. Establish(adj)

    to set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; -- used reflexively; as, he established himself in a place; the enemy established themselves in the citadel

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'establish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1940

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'establish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3622

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'establish' in Verbs Frequency: #131

Translations for establish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to settle firmly in a position (eg a job, business etc)

He established himself (in business) as a jeweller.

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