Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
establish

es·tab·lish

establish

 
pronunciation:
ih stae blihsh
features:
Word History, Word Explorer
part of speech: verb
inflections: established, establishes, establishing
definition 1: to bring into being; to found.
He established a new club.
See a movie for this meaning
 
synonyms:
begin, create, form, found, initiate, institute, organize, originate, start
antonyms:
abolish, dissolve, do away with, lift, revoke, tear down
similar words:
construct, design, develop, ground, impose, inaugurate, install, open, pitch, plan, root, secure, set
definition 2: to prove or show to be true.
The lawyer established the suspect's guilt.
synonyms:
confirm, demonstrate, prove, verify
antonyms:
disprove
similar words:
affirm, base, justify, show, support, uphold
Word History
Establish is from a Latin word that means "to make firm." The word stable goes back to the same Latin roots.
Word Explorer
See
  tradition