Definition of establishment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt//
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  1. 1[countable] (formal) an organization, a large institution or a hotel an educational establishment a research establishment The hotel is a comfortable and well-run establishment.
  2. 2(also the Establishment) [singular + singular or plural verb] (often disapproving) the people in a society or a profession who have influence and power and who usually do not support change the medical/military/political, etc. establishment young people rebelling against the Establishment orthodox Establishment views
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of starting or creating something that is meant to last for a long time The speaker announced the establishment of a new college. the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries
  4. Extra examples O’Connor challenged the liberal establishment on many things. Opposition MPs are calling for the establishment of an independent food and drugs agency. She’s now running a small government research establishment. The British Establishment is very slow to accept change. The commission is calling for the establishment of a national holiday. The months that followed saw the establishment of a strong military presence in the region. This report led to the establishment of a special committee to investigate the matter. We would like to encourage the establishment of new farm businesses. With the establishment of major new markets, the economy is thriving. a law allowing the establishment of private television stations a pillar of the liberal establishment the Washington media establishment the formal establishment of the republic in 1948 the mainstream political establishment the supply of alcohol in licensed establishments He was the head of a large residential establishment for severely disabled children. His visit facilitated the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries. The visa is for foreign nationals wishing to study at a university, college or similar educational establishment.
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