establish

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.

Primary Meanings of establish

1.
v
set up or found
2.
v
build or establish something abstract
Full Definitions of establish
1

v set up or found

Synonyms:
found, launch, set up
Antonyms:
abolish, get rid of
do away with
Type of:
open, open up
start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning

v set up or lay the groundwork for

establish a new department”
Synonyms:
constitute, found, institute, plant
Types:
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fix
set or place definitely
appoint, constitute, name, nominate
create and charge with a task or function
pack
set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
co-opt
appoint summarily or commandeer
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

v institute, enact, or establish

Synonyms:
lay down, make
Types:
mark, set
establish as the highest level or best performance
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v place

Synonyms:
instal, install, set up

v bring about

“The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth”
Synonyms:
give
generate, give, render, return, yield
give or supply
Types:
introduce
bring in or establish in a new place or environment
pacify
fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
interpose
introduce
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
2

v build or establish something abstract

Synonyms:
build
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v use as a basis for; found on

Synonyms:
base, found, ground
Types:
build
found or ground

v establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

Synonyms:
demonstrate, prove, shew, show
Antonyms:
confute, disprove
prove to be false
Types:
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prove oneself
show one's ability or courage
prove
prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
contradict, negate
prove negative; show to be false
stultify
prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence
invalidate, nullify
show to be invalid
confute, disprove
prove to be false
Type of:
affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

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