establish[ə stab′lis̸h, i-]
- To establish is defined as to start, create or bring about something.
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”).