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Meaning of establishment by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old French establissement, ( Modern French établissement ) from the verb establir .


    establishment ( plural: establishments )

    1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining; settlement; confirmation .
      Since their establishment of the company in 1984, they have grown into a global business .
    2. The state of being established, founded, etc.; fixed state .
      The firm celebrated twenty years since their establishment by updating their look .
    3. That which is established; as a form of government, a permanent organization, business or force, or the place where one is permanently fixed for residence .
      Pedro's is a fine establishment serving a variety of delicious food .
      Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment .
    4. ( slang ) The establishment: the ruling class or authority group in a society; especially, an entrenched authority dedicated to preserving the status quo. Sometimes capitalized: the Establishment .
      It's often necessary to question the establishment to get things done .

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Explanation of establishment by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of forming or establishing something

    2. it was the establishment of his reputation
    3. a public or private structure ( business or governmental or educational ) including buildings and equipment for business or residence

    4. the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof

    5. an organization founded and united for a specific purpose

    6. any large organization

    7. the persons ( or committees or departments etc. ) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

    8. he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment
    9. the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat

    Definition of establishment by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Establishment n. [Cf. OF. establissement, F. établissement.]
      1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining; settlement; confirmation.

      2. The state of being established, founded, and the like; fixed state.

      3. That which is established; as: A form of government, civil or ecclesiastical; especially, a system of religion maintained by the civil power; as, “the Episcopal establishment of England”. A permanent civil, military, or commercial, force or organization. The place in which one is permanently fixed for residence or business; residence, including grounds, furniture, equipage, etc.; with which one is fitted out; also, any office or place of business, with its fixtures; that which serves for the carrying on of a business; as, “to keep up a large establishment; a manufacturing establishment.”

      Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment. W. Irving.

      Establishment of the port ( Hydrography ), a datum on which the tides are computed at the given port, obtained by observation, viz., the interval between the moon's passage over the meridian and the time of high water at the port, on the days of new and full moon.