WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
es•tab•lish /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to bring into being on a firm or permanent basis;
    set up;
    found: to establish a university.
  2. [+ oneself] to install, put, or settle in a position, place, business, etc.: They established themselves as founders of the society.
  3. to figure out;
    determine: The coroner was able to establish the time of death.[+ that clause]The coroner was able to establish that death took place at about eight o'clock.
  4. to cause to be accepted or recognized: to establish a custom.
  5. to enact, appoint, or ordain on a permanent basis:The new parliament set about establishing laws to improve the economy.
See -stab-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
es•tab•lish  (i stablish),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis:to establish a university; to establish a medical practice.
  2. to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.:to establish one's child in business.
  3. to show to be valid or true;
    prove:to establish the facts of the matter.
  4. to cause to be accepted or recognized:to establish a custom; She established herself as a leading surgeon.
  5. to bring about permanently:to establish order.
  6. to enact, appoint, or ordain for permanence, as a law;
    fix unalterably.
  7. Religionto make (a church) a national or state institution.
  8. Games[Cards.]to obtain control of (a suit) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.
es•tablish•a•ble, adj. 
es•tablish•er, n. 
  • Latin stabilīre, akin to stabilis stable2
  • Middle French establiss-, extended stem of establir
  • Middle English establissen 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged form, organize. See  fix. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged verify, substantiate.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged decree.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abolish.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disprove.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

establish /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/ vb (usually tr)
  1. to make secure or permanent in a certain place, condition, job, etc
  2. to create or set up (an organization, etc) on or as if on a permanent basis
  3. to prove correct or free from doubt; validate: to establish a fact
  4. to cause (a principle, theory, etc) to be widely or permanently accepted: to establish a precedent
  5. to give (a Church) the status of a national institution
  6. (of a person) to become recognized and accepted
  7. (in works of imagination) to cause (a character, place, etc) to be credible and recognized
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French establir, from Latin stabilīre to make firm, from stabilis stable²

esˈtablisher n



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