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.

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. James Comey:

    I think its good that he was able to finish the work and establish both that the Russia thing wasnt a hoax - that the Russians interfered in the election in a huge way, and thats really important, and then another piece of good news, the evidence didnt establish that any Americans conspired as part of that effort. That should be good news no matter what party youre associated with.

  2. Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

    To establish oneself in the world, one has to do all one can to appear established.

  3. The Belgian police union:

    The NSPV notes that the political government is looking for a scapegoat in connection with the attacks in Zaventem, as a trade union we can only be outraged about this state of affairs. [We are] heartbroken to establish that police would be pilloried without any kind of defense.

  4. Catherine Pugh:

    Much has been done to begin the process of building faith between the police department and the community it seeks to serve, any interruption in moving forward may have the effect of eroding the trust that we are working hard to establish.

  5. Ryan Bohl:

    It's really after the midterms that we are looking to see is this Congress about to establish a new bipartisan consensus in which there are unacceptable ways for the executive to conduct itself in foreign policy, we are looking not just within the Saudi (issue) but we are also looking in places like tariffs, the way that trade is negotiated.

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Translations for establish

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  • основавам, утвърждавам, затвърждавам, установявамBulgarian
  • establirCatalan, Valencian
  • einsetzen, herstellen, festlegen, niederlassen, feststellen, festsetzen, etablieren, eröffnen, gründen, begründenGerman
  • καθιερώνωGreek
  • establiEsperanto
  • establecer, nombrarSpanish
  • تاسيس كردنPersian
  • osoittaa, perustaa, vakiinnuttaa, nimittää, vahvistaaFinnish
  • établirFrench
  • stèidhichScottish Gaelic
  • establecerGalician
  • հիմնադրել, նշանակել, հաստատել, հիմնավորելArmenian
  • دامه‌زراندن, پێکهێنانKurdish
  • parākiri, whakaūMāori
  • bevestigen, oprichten, stichten, vaststellenDutch
  • etablere, fastslåNorwegian
  • ustalić, ustanowić, założyć, wyznaczyćPolish
  • estabelecer, nomear, firmar, fundarPortuguese
  • stabiliRomanian
  • основывать, учредить, устанавливать, основать, учреждать, установитьRussian
  • motivera, etablera, grundläga, grundaSwedish
  • yapmak, tespit etmek, saptamak, yerleştirmekTurkish
  • thành lậpVietnamese

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. cleave
    • B. denudate
    • C. affront
    • D. summon

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