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Definition of ESTABLISH

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Establish \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. [1913 Webster]

              So were the churches established in the faith.
                                                    --Acts xvi. 5. [1913 Webster]

              The best established tempers can scarcely forbear being borne down.                     --Burke. [1913 Webster]

              Confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control.                         --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

     2. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain. [1913 Webster]

              By the consent of all, we were established The people's magistrates.             --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed.      --Dan. vi. 8. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              He hath established it [the earth], he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. --Is. xlv. 18. [1913 Webster]

              Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!      --Hab. ii. 12. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
                                                    --Deut. xix.
                                                    15. [1913 Webster]

     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 citadel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

225 Moby Thesaurus words for "establish": acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate, accustom, adapt, adjust, advertise, affirm, afford proof of, ascertain, assure, authenticate, author, authorize, back up, ballyhoo, bark, base, bear, bed, beget, begin, bill, boost, break, break in, breed, bring about, bring forth, bring home to, bring to effect, bring to pass, bring up, broach, build, build in, build up, bulletin, case harden, cause, certify, christen, cinch, circularize, clear up, clinch, conceive, condition, confirm, constitute, corroborate, create, cry up, decide, declare lawful, decree, deep-dye, define, demonstrate, determine, dismiss all doubt, do, domesticate, domesticize, effect, effectuate, embed, enact, engender, engraft, engrave, ensconce, ensure, entrench, etch, familiarize, father, find out, fix, float, follow, follow from, form, formulate, found, generate, gentle, gestate, get at, give a write-up, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give publicity, give rise to, ground, habituate, harden, have a case, hold good, hold water, housebreak, impact, implant, impress, imprint, inaugurate, incept, inculcate, induct, infix, ingrain, initiate, inscribe, install, instill, institute, insure, introduce, inure, invest, jam, launch, lay, lay the foundation, legalize, legislate, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimize, lift up, locate, lodge, make, make a regulation, make certain, make good, make legal, make no doubt, make no mistake, make out, make sure, make sure of, materialize, moor, nail down, naturalize, occasion, ordain, organize, orient, orientate, originate, pack, pitch, placard, place, plant, plug, post, post bills, post up, prescribe, press-agent, print, produce, promote, prove, prove to be, prove true, publicize, puff, put, put in, put in force, put up, raise, realize, reassure, regulate, remove all doubt, ring in, rivet, root, sanction, season, seat, secure, see that, see to it, sell, set, set afloat, set agoing, set at rest, set down, set in, set on foot, set up, settle, settle the matter, show, sire, sort out, spiel, stamp, start, start going, start up, station, stereotype, stick, substantiate, support, tame, train, turn on, usher in, validate, verify, vest, wedge, wont, work, write up


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