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Meaning of establish by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English establissen, Old French establiss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of establir, ( Modern French établir ), from Latin stabiliō, from stabilis ( “firm, steady, stable” ) .


    • IPA: /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ/, X-SAMPA: /I"st{b.lIS/


    establish ( third-person singular simple present establishes present participle establishing, simple past and past participle established )

    1. ( transitive ) To make stable or firm; to confirm .
    2. ( transitive ) To form; to found; to institute; to set up in business.
    3. ( transitive ) To appoint, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain .
    4. ( transitive ) To prove and cause to be accepted as true; to establish a fact; to demonstrate .

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    • establish in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • establish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of establish by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. use as a basis for

    2. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

    3. institute, enact, or establish

    4. place

    5. set up or lay the groundwork for

    6. establish a new department
    7. bring about

    8. The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth
    9. build or establish something abstract

    10. set up or found

    Definition of establish by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Establish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Established ; p. pr. & vb. n. Establishing.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir, F. établir, fr. L. stabilire, fr. stabilis firm, steady, stable. See Stable, a., -ish, and cf. Stablish.]
      1. To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set ( a thing ) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm.

      So were the churches established in the faith. Acts xvi. 5.

      The best established tempers can scarcely forbear being borne down. Burke.

      Confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control. Bancroft.

      2. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.

      By the consent of all, we were established

      The people's magistrates. Shak.

      Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed. Dan. vi. 8.

      3. To originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute; to create and regulate; -- said of a colony, a state, or other institutions.

      He hath established it [the earth], he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. Is. xlv. 18.

      Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! Hab. ii. 12.

      4. To secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true; as, “to establish a fact, usage, principle, opinion, doctrine, etc.”

      At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. Deut. xix. 15.

      5. To set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; -- used reflexively; as, “he established himself in a place; the enemy established themselves in the citadel.”