establish

establish
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W1S3 [ıˈstæblıʃ] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: establir, from Latin stabilire 'to make firm']
1.) to start a company, organization, system, etc that is intended to exist or continue for a long time
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The city of Boerne was established by German settlers in the 1840s.
Our goal is to establish a new research centre in the North.
2.) to begin a relationship with someone or a situation that will continue
establish relations/links/contact etc (with sb)
Hungary established diplomatic relations with Chile in 1990.
I wondered why he should bother to try and establish contact with me.
3.) to find out facts that will prove that something is true
The police must establish the facts of the case before proceeding.
establish that
The autopsy established that he had been murdered.
establish whether/if
I was never able to establish whether she was telling the truth.
4.) to make people accept that you can do something, or that you have a particular quality
establish yourself (as/in)
He had three years in which to establish himself as Prime Minister.
He'd already begun to establish quite a reputation as a journalist.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • establish — [ə stab′lish, istab′lish] vt. [ME establissen < extended stem of OFr establir < L stabilire < stabilis, STABLE1] 1. to make stable; make firm; settle [to establish a habit] 2. to order, ordain, or enact (a law, statute, etc.) permanently …   English World dictionary

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