To establish a habit.
A discovery that established his reputation.
To establish one's cause at law.
The defense attorneys established the innocence of the accused.
An example of establish is when you start a business.
Efforts to establish a friendship.
Origin of establish
- Middle English establishen from Old French establir establiss- from Latin stabilīre from stabilis firm stā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).