transitive verb Etymology: Middle English establissen, from Anglo-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 <
establish grass on pasturelands
4. a. to bring into existence ; found <
established a republic
b. bring about, effect <
established friendly relations
5. a. to put on a firm basis ; set up <
establish his son in business
b. to put into a favorable position c. to gain full recognition or acceptance of <
the role established her as a star
6. to make (a church) a national or state institution 7. to put beyond doubt ; prove <
established my innocence
establishable adjectiveestablisher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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