An example of establish is when you start a business.
- to make stable; make firm; settle: to establish a habit
- to order, ordain, or enact (a law, statute, etc.) permanently
- to set up (a government, nation, business, etc.); found; institute
- to cause to be or happen; bring about: efforts to establish a friendship
- to settle in an office or position, or set up as in business or a profession
- to make a state institution of (a church)
- to set up (a precedent, theory, reputation, etc.) permanently; cause to be accepted or recognized
- to prove; demonstrate: to establish one's cause at law
- Card Games to win control of (a suit) so that one is sure of taking all the remaining tricks in it
Origin of establishMiddle English establissen from extended stem of Old French establir from Classical Latin stabilire from stabilis, stable
transitive verbes·tab·lished, es·tab·lish·ing, es·tab·lish·es
- a. To cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.b. To bring about; generate or effect: establish goodwill in the neighborhood.
- a. To place or settle in a secure position or condition: They established me in my own business.b. To cause to become regular or usual: established the habit of going to bed early.c. To cause to be able to grow or thrive: The tree needs to be watered to help it become established.
- To cause to be recognized and accepted: a discovery that established his reputation.
- To introduce and put (a law, for example) into force.
- To prove the validity or truth of: The defense attorneys established the innocence of the accused.
- To make a state institution of (a church).
Origin of establishMiddle English establishen from Old French establir establiss- from Latin stabilīre from stabilis firm ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present establishes, present participle establishing, simple past and past participle established)
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”).