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Definition of establish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    establish

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  6. Word Origin late Middle English (recorded earlier as stablish): from Old French establiss-, lengthened stem of establir, from Latin stabilire ‘make firm’, from stabilis (adjective) ‘stable’.Extra examples He has now established his reputation as a popular musician. He was appointed to the newly established Department for Safety. His position in the organization is now firmly established. Police are still trying to establish the identity of the dead man. The Internet was originally established by scientists to share information. The League was formally established in 1920. The effectiveness of the new drug has not yet been scientifically established. The exhibition helped her establish herself as an artist. The festival has become established as an annual event. The festival has become established as one of the town’s annual events. The two countries agreed to establish full diplomatic relations. We have now clearly established ourselves as the leader in the market. We have successfully established clear rules that most students accept. We try to establish links with schools. a previously established formula A straightforward complaints procedure must be established from the outset. Let’s establish some ground rules. Settlers established a new colony in the early 18th century. The Americans established a naval base on the island in the 1960s. The Romans established a settlement on the south shore. The generals established a military dictatorship. The nuns established a convent here in 1692. They are establishing a network of pumps and pipelines to move the oil. They have established a basic framework of ground rules for discussions.
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