Establish
Establish Es*tab"lish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Established}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Establishing}.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir, F. ['e]tablir, fr. L. stabilire, fr. stabilis firm, steady, stable. See {Stable}, a., {-ish}, and cf. {Stablish}.] 1. To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm. [1913 Webster]

So were the churches established in the faith. --Acts xvi. 5. [1913 Webster]

The best established tempers can scarcely forbear being borne down. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain. [1913 Webster]

By the consent of all, we were established The people's magistrates. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed. --Dan. vi. 8. [1913 Webster]

3. To originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute; to create and regulate; -- said of a colony, a state, or other institutions. [1913 Webster]

He hath established it [the earth], he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. --Is. xlv. 18. [1913 Webster]

Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! --Hab. ii. 12. [1913 Webster]

4. To secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true; as, to establish a fact, usage, principle, opinion, doctrine, etc. [1913 Webster]

At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. --Deut. xix. 15. [1913 Webster]

5. To set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; -- used reflexively; as, he established himself in a place; the enemy established themselves in the citadel. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • establish — es·tab·lish vt 1: to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement we the people of the United States...do ordain and establish this Constitution U.S. Constitution preamble 2: to make firm or stable 3: to bring into existence …   Law dictionary

  • establish — es‧tab‧lish [ɪˈstæblɪʆ] verb [transitive] COMMERCE to start a company, organization, system etc that is intended to exist for a long time: • My grandfather established the family business in 1938. * * * establish UK US /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/ verb ► [T,… …   Financial and business terms

  • establish — [ə stab′lish, istab′lish] vt. [ME establissen < extended stem of OFr establir < L stabilire < stabilis, STABLE1] 1. to make stable; make firm; settle [to establish a habit] 2. to order, ordain, or enact (a law, statute, etc.) permanently …   English World dictionary

  • establish — late 14c., from O.Fr. establiss , prp. stem of establir (12c., Mod.Fr. établir) cause to stand still, establish, stipulate, set up, erect, build, from L. stabilire make stable, from stabilis stable (see STABLE (Cf. stable) (2)). For initial e ,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • establish — [v1] set up, organize authorize, base, build, constitute, create, decree, domiciliate, enact, endow, ensconce, entrench, erect, fix, form, found, ground, implant, inaugurate, inculcate, install, institute, land, lay foundation, live, lodge, moor …   New thesaurus

  • establish — 1 *set, settle, fix Analogous words: implant, inculcate, instill: *secure, rivet, anchor, moor Antonyms: uproot (a tree, a habit, a practice): abrogate (a right, a privilege, a quality) Contrasted words: eradicate, extirpate, wipe, *exterminate2… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • establish — ► VERB 1) set up on a firm or permanent basis. 2) initiate or bring about. 3) (be established) be settled or accepted in a particular place or role. 4) show to be true or certain by determining the facts. 5) (established) recognized by the state… …   English terms dictionary

  • establish — verb 1 start/create sth ADVERB ▪ initially, originally ▪ The Internet was originally established by scientists to share information. ▪ formally ▪ The League was formally established in 1920 …   Collocations dictionary

  • establish */*/*/ — UK [ɪˈstæblɪʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms establish : present tense I/you/we/they establish he/she/it establishes present participle establishing past tense established past participle established 1) a) to make something start to exist or… …   English dictionary

  • establish — es|tab|lish W1S3 [ıˈstæblıʃ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: establir, from Latin stabilire to make firm ] 1.) to start a company, organization, system, etc that is intended to exist or continue for a long time = ↑found ▪ The city… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”