- 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 reestablish
Third, Democrats and Republicans need to reestablish the authority of Congress.George W. Bush’s Puzzling WMD Coverup
Rick Santorum, Pete Hoekstra
October 27, 2014
“We are grateful for the opportunity that Andrew gave us to reestablish Helmut Lang,” the two said about CEO Andrew Rosen.Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Take on the Oscars; Giorgio Armani Is Unhappy With Anna Wintour
The Fashion Beast Team
February 25, 2014
Palestinians say that armed Jewish settlers have been trickling back to try and reestablish a permanent presence there.Joe Biden to Give Keynote Address at JStreet Conference
September 20, 2013
After more than two years of unrest, most Egyptians just want to reestablish a sense of security.Egypt’s Arms Race
August 23, 2013
But what they discover is a place with very little to offer to help them reestablish their lives.Rebuilding Kismayo After Al-Shabab
December 9, 2012
Hayes was determined to reestablish it on its constitutional foundations.
That is the form of division they are trying to reestablish now.Susy, A Story of the Plains
He might, indeed, reestablish the ancient constitution of the realm.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
He made a desperate effort to reestablish ordinary relations.The Devil's Paw
E. Phillips Oppenheim
He has overthrown thrones in Italy, he can reestablish the throne in France.Louisa Of Prussia and Her Times
- 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 reestablish
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.