- to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis: to establish a university; to establish a medical practice.
- to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.: to establish one's child in business.
- to show to be valid or true; prove: to establish the facts of the matter.
- to cause to be accepted or recognized: to establish a custom; She established herself as a leading surgeon.
- to bring about permanently: to establish order.
- to enact, appoint, or ordain for permanence, as a law; fix unalterably.
- to make (a church) a national or state institution.
- Cards. to obtain control of (a suit) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.
Origin of establish
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Examples from the Web for establishing
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
These online communities are establishing familial bonds between strangers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Pulling them together is not about establishing a team of rivals, but a team of enemies.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
September 23, 2014
Dodge has also had something like 20 museum shows and is intent on establishing a museum that would also show his 225 posters.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
Soon it became clear that establishing a Caliphate was their objective.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
If that is the case, you will have no difficulty in establishing the fact in a few minutes' time.Her Father's Daughter
There was obviously no attempt at establishing a permanent station there.The Law-Breakers
There had been difficulty in establishing the mixed classes.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
So much by way of proof that the method of establishing laws in science is exactly the same as that pursued in common life.
"Then you must lose no time in establishing yourself," said he.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- to make secure or permanent in a certain place, condition, job, etcto establish one's usefulness; to establish a house
- to create or set up (an organization, etc) on or as if on a permanent basisto establish a company
- to prove correct or free from doubt; validateto establish a fact
- to cause (a principle, theory, etc) to be widely or permanently acceptedto establish a precedent
- to give (a Church) the status of a national institution
- (of a person) to become recognized and acceptedhe established himself as a reliable GP
- (in works of imagination) to cause (a character, place, etc) to be credible and recognizedthe first scene established the period
- cards to make winners of (the remaining cards of a suit) by forcing out opponents' top cards
- (also intr) botany
- to cause (a plant) to grow or (of a plant) to grow in a new placethe birch scrub has established over the past 25 years
- to become or cause to become a sapling or adult plant from a seedling
Word Origin and History for establishing
late 14c., from Old French establiss-, present participle stem of establir (12c., Modern French établir) "cause to stand still, establish, stipulate, set up, erect, build," from Latin stabilire "make stable," from stabilis "stable" (see stable (adj.)).
For initial e-, see especial. Related: Established; establishing. An established church or religion is one sanctioned by the state.