What does establish mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term establish:

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"


  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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ESTABLISH(v.a.)

    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.

  2. Origin: etablir, French.

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

  6. Origin: [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


  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

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