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establish

[ih-stab-lish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis: to establish a university; to establish a medical practice.
  2. to install or settle in a position, place, business, etc.: to establish one's child in business.
  3. to show to be valid or true; prove: to establish the facts of the matter.
  4. to cause to be accepted or recognized: to establish a custom; She established herself as a leading surgeon.
  5. to bring about permanently: to establish order.
  6. to enact, appoint, or ordain for permanence, as a law; fix unalterably.
  7. to make (a church) a national or state institution.
  8. Cards. to obtain control of (a suit) so that one can win all the subsequent tricks in it.
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Origin of establish

1325–75; Middle English establissen < Middle French establiss-, extended stem of establir < Latin stabilīre, akin to stabilis stable2
Related formses·tab·lish·a·ble, adjectivees·tab·lish·er, nounqua·si-es·tab·lished, adjectivere·es·tab·lish, verb (used with object)su·per·es·tab·lish, verb (used with object)un·es·tab·lish·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for establish

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1. form, organize. See fix. 3. verify, substantiate. 6. decree.

Antonyms for establish

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Related Words for re-establish

summon, remind, evoke, cite, conform, resolve, appease, coordinate, reunite, assuage, rectify, accommodate, harmonize, placate, pacify, integrate, rejuvenate, repair, fix, overhaul

Examples from the Web for re-establish

Contemporary Examples of re-establish

Historical Examples of re-establish

  • His next step was to re-establish the markets and re-open the sources of supply.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • The saloonkeeper looked for that sign which was to re-establish his confidence.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Rajcik, working frantically, managed to re-establish the contact.

    Death Wish

    Robert Sheckley

  • It hadn't taken 'em long to re-establish friendly relations.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • Steps will immediately be taken to re-establish ordinary trading.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy


British Dictionary definitions for re-establish

re-establish

verb (tr)
  1. to establish (something) againa fight to re-establish his authority
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Derived Formsre-establishment, noun

establish

verb (usually tr)
  1. to make secure or permanent in a certain place, condition, job, etcto establish one's usefulness; to establish a house
  2. to create or set up (an organization, etc) on or as if on a permanent basisto establish a company
  3. to prove correct or free from doubt; validateto establish a fact
  4. to cause (a principle, theory, etc) to be widely or permanently acceptedto establish a precedent
  5. to give (a Church) the status of a national institution
  6. (of a person) to become recognized and acceptedhe established himself as a reliable GP
  7. (in works of imagination) to cause (a character, place, etc) to be credible and recognizedthe first scene established the period
  8. cards to make winners of (the remaining cards of a suit) by forcing out opponents' top cards
  9. (also intr) botany
    1. 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
    2. to become or cause to become a sapling or adult plant from a seedling
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Derived Formsestablisher, noun

Word Origin for establish

C14: from Old French establir, from Latin stabilīre to make firm, from stabilis stable ²
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Word Origin and History for re-establish

v.

also reestablish, late 15c.; from re- + establish. Related: Re-established; re-establishing.

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establish

v.

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.

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