- 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 established
In response to the screen quota cut, South Korea established a “cinema tax” on the box office.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Target was established in 1962 by the Dayton brothers as a discount offshoot of their eponymous Twin Cities department store.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
But she was less comfortable with it before she was an established name in fashion.The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits
December 24, 2014
And in a big departure from established royal protocol, Prince George might even get a—gasp—present to open on Christmas Day.Prince George’s Christmas: Better Than Yours
December 24, 2014
Zaim Ali, a Peshmerga commander, said: “We have established a military plan to clear ISIS from all of areas.”Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar
December 20, 2014
Settlements have been established on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.Explorations in Australia
By it a national and compulsory system of education was established for the first time.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Let us consider, again, how preference in a writer is established.The Man Shakespeare
And Harriet had established on the Street the innovation of after-dinner coffee.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the course of a generation he had become an established institution.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- 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 established
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.