Definition of establish in English:


Line breaks: es¦tab|lish
Pronunciation: /ɪˈstablɪʃ
, ɛ-/


[with object]
  • 1Set up on a firm or permanent basis: the scheme was established in 1975
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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.
    set up, start, begin, get going, put in place, initiate, institute, form, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, organize, lay the foundations of, build, construct, install, plant
  • 1.1Initiate or bring about (contact or communication): the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992
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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.
  • 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: the right plan would be to establish dummy’s diamonds
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    • You now leave him with his trump winner, and establish clubs.
    • So what if they establish their spades?



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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.


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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