tr.v. es·tab·lished, es·tab·lish·ing, es·tab·lish·es
a. To set up; found. See Synonyms atfound1.
b. To bring about; generate: establish goodwill in the neighborhood.
a. To place or settle in a secure position or condition; install: They established me in my own business.
b. To make firm or secure.
3. To cause to be recognized and accepted: a discovery that established his reputation.
4. To introduce and put (a law, for example) into force.
5. To prove the validity or truth of: The defense attorneys established the innocence of the accused.
6. To make a state institution of (a church).
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Main Entry: es.tab.lish
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English establissen, from Middle French establiss-, stem of establir, from Latin stabilire, from stabilis stable
Date: 14th century
1 : to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement
2 obsolete :SETTLE 7
3 a : to make firm or stable b : to introduce and cause to grow and multiply
4 a : to bring into existence :FOUND b : BRING ABOUT, EFFECT
5 a : to put on a firm basis :SET UP b : to put into a favorable position c : to gain full recognition or acceptance of
6 : to make (a church) a national or state institution
7 : to put beyond doubt :PROVE
- es.tab.lish.able /-sh&-b&l/ adjective
- es.tab.lish.er /-sh&r/ noun