- 1 establish something to start or create an organization, a system, etc. that is meant to last for a long time synonym set up The committee was established in 1912. The new treaty establishes a free trade zone. Let’s establish some ground rules.
- 2 establish something to start having a relationship, especially a formal one, with another person, group or country The school has established a successful relationship with the local community.
- 3 establish somebody/something/yourself (in something) (as something) to hold a position for long enough or succeed in something well enough to make people accept and respect you By then she was established as a star. He has just set up his own business but it will take him a while to get established.
- 4 establish something to make people accept a belief, claim, custom etc. It was this campaign that established the paper's reputation. Traditions get established over time.
- 5 to discover or prove the facts of a situation synonym ascertain establish something Police are still trying to establish the cause of the accident. establish that… They have established that his injuries were caused by a fall. establish where, what, etc… We need to establish where she was at the time of the shooting. it is established that… It has since been established that the horse was drugged. Word Origin late Middle English (recorded earlier as stablish): from Old French establiss-, lengthened stem of establir, from Latin stabilire
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BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they establish
BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃ//he / she / it establishes
BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃɪz//past simple established
BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃt//past participle established
BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃt//-ing form establishing
BrE BrE//ɪˈstæblɪʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈstæblɪʃɪŋ//