- 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 re-establish
Israeli leaders have said the strategic goal of the ground campaign is to restore quiet but also re-establish deterrence.Israel Says It Invaded Gaza Over Tunnels Like These
July 18, 2014
Lars Syll presents five things that should be done to "re-establish economics as a realist and relevant social science."Five Ways to Improve Economics
January 8, 2013
When cultural conservatives seize control of Europe, he promises, “we will re-establish the patriarchal structures.”Norway Killer’s Hatred of Women
July 25, 2011
President Obama needs to re-seize the center to re-establish his original political strength as a uniter.How Wingnuts Hijacked Obama's First Year
January 19, 2010
His next step was to re-establish the markets and re-open the sources of supply.Self-Help
The saloonkeeper looked for that sign which was to re-establish his confidence.The Law-Breakers
Rajcik, working frantically, managed to re-establish the contact.Death Wish
It hadn't taken 'em long to re-establish friendly relations.Torchy and Vee
Steps will immediately be taken to re-establish ordinary trading.War and Peace
- to establish (something) againa fight to re-establish his authority
- 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 re-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.