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English Dictionary: establish by the DICT Development Group
2 results for establish
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" [syn: establish, set up, found, launch]
    Antonym(s): abolish, get rid of
  2. set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"
    Synonym(s): establish, found, plant, constitute, institute
  3. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
    Synonym(s): prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shew
    Antonym(s): confute, disprove
  4. institute, enact, or establish; "make laws"
    Synonym(s): lay down, establish, make
  5. bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
    Synonym(s): establish, give
  6. place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
    Synonym(s): install, instal, set up, establish
  7. build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"
    Synonym(s): build, establish
  8. use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
    Synonym(s): establish, base, ground, found
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Establish \Es*tab"lish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Established}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Establishing}.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir,
      F. [82]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.
                     So were the churches established in the faith.
                                                                              --Acts xvi. 5.
                     The best established tempers can scarcely forbear
                     being borne down.                              --Burke.
                     Confidence which must precede union could be
                     established only by consummate prudence and
                     self-control.                                    --Bancroft.
      2. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers,
            laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.
                     By the consent of all, we were established The
                     people's magistrates.                        --Shak.
                     Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the
                     writing, that it be not changed.         --Dan. vi. 8.
      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.
                     He hath established it [the earth], he created it
                     not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. --Is.
                                                                              xlv. 18.
                     Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and
                     establisheth a city by iniquity!         --Hab. ii. 12.
      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.
                     At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of
                     three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
                                                                              --Deut. xix.
      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
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