Definition of establish in English:

establish

Syllabification: es·tab·lish
Pronunciation: /iˈstabliSH
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Set up (an organization, system, or set of rules) on a firm or permanent basis: the British established a rich trade with Portugal
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    • Beatrice, a former director of a market research company, had just established her own firm.
    • He left the security of permanent employment to establish a sports centre in Melbourne.
    • It will be the first licensed international brokerage firm to be established in Abu Dhabi.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Initiate or bring about (contact or communication): the two countries established diplomatic relations
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    • I am also grateful to my sister for her liaison with indigenous education colleagues, and for establishing some of my contacts in Adelaide.
    • Some teachers would make an initial effort to establish communication and then would lessen their efforts.
    • But once contact had been established, the information given was both speedy and accurate.
  • 2Achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for: the principle of the supremacy of national parliaments needs to be firmly established he had established himself as a film star
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    • He has firmly established himself as a young goalkeeper with a big future.
    • The gold was won by Christian Olsson, the Swede, who has firmly established himself as Jonathan Edwards's heir.
    • During that time she has established herself as an accomplished broadcaster, capable of dealing with the most delicate and difficult news stories.
  • 2.1Introduce (a character, set, or location) into a film or play and allow its identification: establish the location with a wide shot
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    • Once the premise has been established, the film allows Johnston to revisit four women and catch a sobering glimpse of the different lives he might have led.
    • The film wastes little time establishing the main characters and their inter-relationships.
    • But ‘Hellboy’ screams of future opportunity now that the character has been established on film.
  • 3Show (something) to be true or certain by determining the facts: [with clause]: the police established that the two passports were forgeries
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    • The firm's research had established that 75 retailers had requirements for space in York, some of whom would want to come into the city from outside.
    • Research firmly establishes a link between a country's increased trade and economic well-being.
    • Research has firmly established the link between social function and pathological outcomes.
    Synonyms
    prove, demonstrate, show, indicate, signal, exhibit, manifest, attest to, evidence, determine, confirm, verify, certify, substantiate
  • 4 Bridge Ensure that one’s remaining cards in (a suit) will be winners (if not trumped) by playing off the high cards in that suit.
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    • You now leave him with his trump winner, and establish clubs.
    • So what if they establish their spades?

Derivatives

establisher

noun
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  • The establisher or representative of the enterprise submits the full dossier as prescribed in Article 7 of this Decree to the business registration bureau of the locality where the enterprise has its headquarters.

Origin

late Middle English (recorded earlier as stablish): from Old French establiss-, lengthened stem of establir, from Latin stabilire 'make firm', from stabilis (adjective) 'stable'.

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