verb (used with object)
- established church,
Origin of establish
Examples from the Web for establish
Huckabee will also need to establish a reliable fundraising base, something that up until now has proved to be elusive.
The king set about punishing Marshal, opposing his attempts to establish his family in their lands in Ireland and Wales.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They backed him when the Sandinistas tried to establish their own Cuban-inspired dictatorship.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With Mac and Jesse we wanted to establish a friendship that was mostly a product of their common situation and enclosed world.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark|Julia Grinberg|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And she credits her mother for helping to establish who that woman was early on: independent, free, self-reliant.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress|Lizzie Crocker|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For these and other reasons, your petitioners pray that Congress will establish its sovereignty over said Territory.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
In high school he had sought to establish himself as a hardened sinner—a drinker and tough citizen.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
Burr, in committee, frankly declared that the surplus was to establish a bank, and Governor Jay signed the bill.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
The distance to which they can work forward and establish themselves under these conditions will depend on the ground.
This disruption will establish in America all the evil conditions of Europe from which our fathers fled hither.The Brothers' War|John Calvin Reed
verb (usually tr)
- 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 for establish
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.