Definition of establishment in English:

establishment

Line breaks: es¦tab|lish|ment
Pronunciation: /ɪˈstablɪʃm(ə)nt
 
, ɛ-/

noun

  • 1 [mass noun] The action of establishing something or being established: the establishment of an independent government
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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.
    Synonyms
    setting up, start, getting going, initiation, institution, formation, founding, foundation, inception, creation, inauguration, organization, building, construction, installation
  • 1.1 [count noun] archaic A marriage: her chief solicitude was to procure an affluent establishment for their daughter
  • 3 (usually the Establishment) A group in a society exercising power and influence over matters of policy, opinion, or taste, and seen as resisting change: he scandalized the Establishment of his day [as modifier]: she became an establishment figure
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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.
    Synonyms
    the powers that be, the authorities, the system, the ruling class, the regime, bureaucracy, officialdom; the status quo, the prevailing political/social order
    informal Big Brother
    archaic the regimen
  • 3.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] 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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