Definition of establishment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈstabliSHmənt/


1The action of establishing something or being established: the establishment of a scholarship renews that personal interest of donors in students
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  • Wahid proposed the establishment of an independent monitoring commission to work toward peace, but was ousted in July 2001.
  • The Council recommended the establishment of an independent tribunal, plus further rights of appeal.
  • Preventing the establishment of a state religion is quite clearly a permissible goal under Locke.
foundation, institution, formation, inception, creation, installation;
inauguration, start, initiation
1.1 archaic A marriage.
2A business organization, public institution, or household: hotels or catering establishments
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  • There are more than 1.1 million retail establishments across the country, an average of one every three square miles.
  • Product mix and how a retail establishment looks play huge roles in attracting customers.
  • It's very nice that your establishment requires their staff to dress up for Halloween.
business, firm, company, concern, enterprise, venture, organization, operation;
factory, plant, store, shop, office, practice
informal outfit, setup
institution, place, premises, foundation, institute
3 (usually the Establishment) A group in a society exercising power and influence over matters of policy or taste, and seen as resisting change.
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  • But the new British Establishment hates standards of any kind.
  • It is high time someone kicked back at our new Establishment masters.
  • Beginning in the 1950s, David was to claim a place among the postwar Establishment that ran America and much of the world.
the authorities, the powers that be, the system, the ruling class;
the hierarchy, the oligarchy
informal Big Brother
3.1 [with adjective] An influential group within a specified profession or area of activity: rumblings of discontent among the medical establishment
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  • Once, the family could count on its extensive connections within the Turkish political Establishment.
  • This sort of history teaching has long been out of fashion among our post-modernist educational establishment.
  • When did the medical establishment get behind this approach?
4 (the Establishment or the Church Establishment) The ecclesiastical system organized by law.
4.1The Church of England or of Scotland.
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  • If one out of ten English parishes were unattended to by ministers of the Establishment, nine out of ten souls in the islands were not served at all by its clergy.

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Syllabification: es·tab·lish·ment

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