Definitions for: Establish

[v] use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
[v] 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"
[v] institute, enact, or establish; "make laws"
[v] place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
[v] set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"
[v] bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
[v] build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"
[v] set up or found; "She set up a literacy program"

Webster (1913) Definition: Es*tab"lish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Established; p.
pr. & vb. n. Establishing.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir,
F. ['e]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

Synonyms: base, build, constitute, demonstrate, found, found, found, give, ground, instal, install, institute, launch, lay down, make, plant, prove, set up, set up, shew, show

Antonyms: abolish, confute, disprove, get rid of

See Also: affirm, appoint, build, confirm, contradict, corroborate, create, create, fix, initiate, make, mark, name, negate, nominate, open, open up, pacify, pioneer, prove oneself, set, stultify, substantiate, support, sustain

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