verb (used with object)

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

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

Antonyms for establish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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


verb (tr)

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


verb (usually tr)

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
  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
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

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



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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