- 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
Synonyms for establishSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for establish
Examples from the Web for reestablished
Contemporary Examples of reestablished
He recently reestablished contact with Allen and is currently enjoying a renewed relationship with him and Soon-Yi.The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
In 1913, Matisse returned from Morocco and reestablished himself in Pairs.How Matisse Became Matisse
April 1, 2010
Since his failed 1980 race, Kennedy had reestablished himself as a power in the Senate.Teddy's Moment of Truth
August 28, 2009
Historical Examples of reestablished
But by breaking with him I should not have reestablished La Valliere.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Peace was reestablished, trade was resumed, and I was free to continue my journey.Stanley in Africa
James P. Boyd
It is only at the beginning of the Twentieth Century that we have reestablished this custom.The Thirteenth
James J. Walsh
When he returned, the line of communication was reestablished, and Juan Alvarado was dead.The Night-Born
I am convinced that through these measures we have reestablished confidence.State of the Union Addresses of Herbert Hoover
- 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 for 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.