American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To set up; found. See Synonyms at found1.
- v. To bring about; generate: establish goodwill in the neighborhood.
- v. To place or settle in a secure position or condition; install: They established me in my own business.
- v. To make firm or secure.
- v. To cause to be recognized and accepted: a discovery that established his reputation.
- v. To introduce and put (a law, for example) into force.
- v. To prove the validity or truth of: The defense attorneys established the innocence of the accused.
- v. To make a state institution of (a church).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make stable, firm, or sure; appoint; ordain; settle or fix unalterably.
- To put or fix on a firm basis; settle stably or fixedly; put in a settled or an efficient state or condition; inceptively, set up or found: as, his health is well established; an established reputation; to establish a person in business; to establish a colony or a university.
- To confirm or strengthen; make more stable or determinate.
- To confirm by affirmation or approval; sanction; uphold.
- To make good; prove; substantiate; show to be valid or well grounded; cause to be recognized as valid or legal; cause to be accepted as true or as worthy of credence; as, to establish one's claim or one's case; to establish a marriage or a theory.
- To fix or settle permanently, or as if permanently: with a reflexive pronoun.
- To settle, as property.
- In systematic biol., to give technical publication to; fix by publication in the nomenclatorial sense. See publication, 5.
- v. transitive To make stable or firm; to confirm.
- v. transitive To form; to found; to institute; to set up in business.
- v. transitive To appoint, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.
- v. transitive To prove and cause to be accepted as true; to establish a fact; to demonstrate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.
- v. 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.
- v. To secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true
- v. To set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; -- used reflexively
- v. build or establish something abstract
- v. place.
- v. institute, enact, or establish
- v. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
- v. use as a basis for; found on
- v. bring about
- v. set up or lay the groundwork for
- v. set up or found
- Middle English establissen, Old French establiss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of establir, (Modern French établir), from Latin stabiliō, from stabilis ("firm, steady, stable"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English establishen, from Old French establir, establiss-, from Latin stabilīre, from stabilis, firm; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The general principle applicable here is this: Whenever you establish the right -- no matter how, if you _establish_ it -- the common law asserts the remedy.”
A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention For Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, Held at Washington, D.C., in February, A.D. 1861
“Union, establish justice, "-- yes, Sir, _establish justice_ --" to promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. ”
“Admittedly conservatives stand at the edge of a chance again establish an American form of National Socialism.”
“And in any case, what your general quote certainly does not establish is even the claim that the surface of the earth corresponding to Alaska in the Triassic period was, in fact, in a zone much closer to the equator; it speaks in general possibilities, not about the specific case of Alaska.”
“I t will be his GOLD OLYMPIC MEDAL and America will flourish with him and once again establish itself as the true leader (in every aspect) of the free world.”
“Those who do must be held accountable so that we may once again establish civility in our places of public discourse.”
“The system it purports to establish is dead in the cradle; one way or another, it will fall apart before it takes effect.”
“The typical companies that I train establish a policy, signed by the CEO, saying that from a certain point on all newly designed products will be metric.”
“In the gallery, you won't be able to see the whole work at once, so any narrative you establish is necessarily fragmented.”
“The best conclusion it could hope to establish is 'science is utterly impotent to rule on questions of design and God'.”
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