Other forms: established; establishing; establishes

To establish something means to begin it or bring it about. If you want everyone in your family to bring you chocolate every evening, you can establish a “Chocolates for Me” policy requiring it.

Establish is related to stable through its Latin roots and has many meanings, but all have the feel of building on a stable foundation. Besides the meaning of setting a policy, establish can also mean to prove one's value. You should establish yourself in a community before you try to bring change to it. Similarly, if you like to debate controversial issues, you'd best begin with facts that have been established and are not open to question. If you have a lot of money and want to build up your community, you can establish, or found, a school or library there.

Definitions of establish
  1. verb
    set up or found
    synonyms: found, launch, set up
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    abolish, get rid of
    do away with
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    open, open up
    start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
  2. verb
    set up or lay the groundwork for
    establish a new department”
    synonyms: constitute, found, institute, plant
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    set or place definitely
    appoint, constitute, name, nominate
    create and charge with a task or function
    set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
    appoint summarily or commandeer
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    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  3. verb
    institute, enact, or establish
    synonyms: lay down, make
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    mark, set
    establish as the highest level or best performance
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    synonyms: instal, install, set up
  5. verb
    bring about
    “The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth”
    synonyms: give
    generate, give, render, return, yield
    give or supply
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    bring in or establish in a new place or environment
    fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. verb
    build or establish something abstract
    synonyms: build
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  7. verb
    use as a basis for; found on
    synonyms: base, found, ground
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    found or ground
  8. verb
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
    synonyms: demonstrate, prove, shew, show
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    confute, disprove
    prove to be false
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    prove oneself
    show one's ability or courage
    prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
    contradict, negate
    prove negative; show to be false
    prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence
    invalidate, nullify
    show to be invalid
    confute, disprove
    prove to be false
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    affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts




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