establish

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Establish \Es*tab"lish\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Established}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Establishing}.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir, F. ['e]tablir, fr. L. stabilire, fr. stabilis firm, steady, stable. See {Stable}, adjective, {-ish}, and cf. {Stablish}.]

1. To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm.

So were the churches established in the faith. --Acts xvi. 5.

The best established tempers can scarcely forbear being borne down. --Burke.

Confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control. --Bancroft.

2. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.

By the consent of all, we were established The people's magistrates. --Shak.

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed. --Dan. vi. 8.

3. To originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute; to create and regulate; -- said of a colony, a state, or other institutions.

He hath established it [the earth], he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. --Is. xlv. 18.

Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! --Hab. ii. 12.

4. To secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true; as, to establish a fact, usage, principle, opinion, doctrine, etc.

At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. --Deut. xix. 15.

5. To set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; -- used reflexively; as, he established himself in a place; the enemy established themselves in the citadel.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

establish

verb

1: set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" [syn: {establish}, {set up}, {found}, {launch}] [ant: {abolish}, {get rid of}]

2: set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department" [syn: {establish}, {found}, {plant}, {constitute}, {institute}]

3: establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture" [syn: {prove}, {demonstrate}, {establish}, {show}, {shew}] [ant: {confute}, {disprove}]

4: institute, enact, or establish; "make laws" [syn: {lay down}, {establish}, {make}]

5: bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth" [syn: {establish}, {give}]

6: place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz" [syn: {install}, {instal}, {set up}, {establish}]

7: build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation" [syn: {build}, {establish}]

8: use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation" [syn: {establish}, {base}, {ground}, {found}]


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