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.
- es·tab·lish·a·ble, adjective
- es·tab·lish·er, noun
- re·es·tab·lish, verb (used with object)
- su·per·es·tab·lish, verb (used with object)
- un·es·tab·lish·a·ble, adjective
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How to use establish in a sentence
That’s why, when I established this 3D lab initiative five years ago, I decided not to create a new organization with the boss that would perform innovation.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society | Jason Sparapani | November 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
A difference of more than a foot and a half means the world to a post scorer like Ayton, who is already better at establishing position close to the basket than the players Paul has been feeding.Chris Paul Helped Blake Griffin Shine. Can He Do The Same For Deandre Ayton? | Jared Dubin | November 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Once a count has been established, we open each envelope and individually examine the contents.A Pennsylvania poll worker explains the painstaking process of counting votes | Kyle Brashear | November 12, 2020 | Vox
It’s the realization of plans established long ago by Vashee, who fell in love with venture years early on and has always known he wanted to return to it, though he wasn’t sure when or where that night happen.Former Dropbox CFO Ajay Vashee is joining the powerhouse venture firm IVP in January | Connie Loizos | November 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
If humans ever want to take the unprecedented step of establishing a base on the Moon, Mars, or any other celestial destination, they may need to extract resources from local rocks to support themselves.These rock-eating microbes could help us settle the Moon and Mars | Paola Rosa-Aquino | November 11, 2020 | Popular-Science
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.
These online communities are establishing familial bonds between strangers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement | Charlise Ferguson | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The new Secret Six continues that tradition establishing Catman as bisexual.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pulling them together is not about establishing a team of rivals, but a team of enemies.
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 | Anthony Haden-Guest | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hence it can be seen what hope there is of establishing a flourishing christian church by such evangelists.
To-day I have stood in the main battery which has fired a shot establishing, in its way, a record in the annals of destruction.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Aguinaldo had moved on to Calumpit with his main army with the intention of establishing his Government there.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
And if they succeed in establishing their case, the courts will order the removal of the directors.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The next three months were spent almost entirely in establishing provisional juntas in the different capitals.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
British Dictionary definitions for establish
to make secure or permanent in a certain place, condition, job, etc: to establish one's usefulness; to establish a house
to create or set up (an organization, etc) on or as if on a permanent basis: to establish a company
to prove correct or free from doubt; validate: to establish a fact
to cause (a principle, theory, etc) to be widely or permanently accepted: to establish a precedent
to give (a Church) the status of a national institution
(of a person) to become recognized and accepted: he established himself as a reliable GP
(in works of imagination) to cause (a character, place, etc) to be credible and recognized: the 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 place: the birch scrub has established over the past 25 years
to become or cause to become a sapling or adult plant from a seedling
- establisher, noun
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