What does Establish mean?

Definitions for Establish
ɪˈstæb lɪʃes·tab·lish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. establish, set up, found, launchverb

    set up or found

    "She set up a literacy program"

  2. establish, found, plant, constitute, instituteverb

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

  3. prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shewverb

    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, makeverb

    institute, enact, or establish

    "make laws"

  5. establish, giveverb

    bring about

    "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"

  6. install, instal, set up, establishverb


    "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"

  7. build, establishverb

    build or establish something abstract

    "build a reputation"

  8. establish, base, ground, foundverb

    use as a basis for; found on

    "base a claim on some observation"


  1. establishverb

    To make stable or firm; to confirm.

  2. establishverb

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

  3. establishverb

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

  4. establishverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ESTABLISHverb

    Etymology: etablir, French.

    He may establish thee to-day for a people unto himself. Deut.

    Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice. Is. ix.

    I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, Gen. xvii. 19.

    The Normans never obtained this kingdom by such a right of conquest, as did or might alter the established laws of the kingdom. Matthew Hale, Common Law of England.

    Soon after the rebellion broke out, the Presbyterian sect was established in all its forms by an ordinance of the lords and commons. Jonathan Swift.

    Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. Num.

    So were the churches established in the faith. Acts xvi. 5.

    He appointed in what manner his family should be established. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Ps. xxiv. 12.

    We will establish our estate upon
    Our eldest Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
    The prince of Cumberland. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. establish

    To establish generally means to set up or found something on a firm or permanent basis, such as a company, institution, policy, principle, or fact. It could also mean to achieve recognition or acceptance for something or someone in a particular area or field. Additionally, it may refer to the process of proving or demonstrating something or showing it to be valid or true.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Establishadjective

    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. Establishadjective

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

  3. Establishadjective

    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. Establishadjective

    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. Establishadjective

    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

  6. Etymology: [OE. establissen, OF. establir, F. tablir, fr. L. stabilire, fr. stabilis firm, steady, stable. See Stable, a., -ish, and cf. Stablish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Establish

    es-tab′lish, v.t. to settle or fix: to confirm: to prove a point: to ordain: to found: to set up in business: to institute by law as the recognised state church, and to support officially and financially.—p.adj. Estab′lished, fixed: ratified: instituted by law and supported by the state.—ns. Estab′lisher; Estab′lishment, act of establishing: fixed state: that which is established: a permanent civil or military force: one's residence and style of living: the church established by law.—adj. Establishmentār′ian, maintaining the principle of the established church.—n. one who maintains this principle. [O. Fr. establir, pr.p. establissant—L. stabilīrestabilis, firm—stāre, to stand.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. establish

    A technical phrase to express the quartering of any considerable body of troops in a country. Thus it is common to say, the army took up a position in the neighborhood of ——, and established the headquarters at ——.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Establish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Establish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Establish in a Sentence

  1. Mevlut Cavusoglu:

    Ours was only a fishing boat, it seems to me that the reaction of the Russian naval ship was exaggerated, russia and Turkey certainly have to re-establish the relations of trust that we have always had, but our patience has a limit.

  2. The Argentine forensic report:

    Until now, the EAAF (Team of Argentine Forensic Anthropology) has not found scientific evidence to establish any link between the remains recovered in the Cocula dump and the missing students.

  3. Hans Dieter Poetsch:

    We will be relentless in seeking to establish who was responsible, everything is on the table. Nothing will be swept under the carpet.

  4. Akhenaten:

    Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou

  5. Alessio Bruni:

    How can a judge establish an offence for acts which have no definition? This is what is puzzling me, if you can give me an example, this is better than any other legal discussion.

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  • تأسيسArabic
  • утвърждавам, затвърждавам, установявам, основавамBulgarian
  • establirCatalan, Valencian
  • einsetzen, gründen, eröffnen, niederlassen, herstellen, begründen, etablieren, festsetzen, feststellen, festlegenGerman
  • καθιερώνωGreek
  • establiEsperanto
  • establecer, nombrarSpanish
  • تاسيس كردنPersian
  • perustaa, osoittaa, vakiinnuttaa, nimittää, vahvistaaFinnish
  • établirFrench
  • stèidhichScottish Gaelic
  • establecerGalician
  • հիմնավորել, հիմնադրել, նշանակել, հաստատելArmenian
  • دامه‌زراندن, پێکهێنانKurdish
  • parākiri, whakaūMāori
  • vaststellen, bevestigen, oprichten, stichtenDutch
  • etablere, fastslåNorwegian
  • ustalić, założyć, ustanowić, wyznaczyćPolish
  • estabelecer, nomear, fundar, firmarPortuguese
  • stabiliRomanian
  • основывать, устанавливать, учредить, основать, учреждать, установитьRussian
  • grundläga, etablera, motivera, grundaSwedish
  • yapmak, saptamak, tespit etmek, yerleştirmekTurkish
  • встановитиUkrainian
  • thành lậpVietnamese

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    A emanate
    B loom
    C embellish
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