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establish

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establish

 
 
pronunciation:
ih stae blihsh
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: established, establishes, establishing
definition 1: to found or bring into being on a firm or stable basis.
They established the business in 1918, and it's still running successfully.The diplomats worked to establish stronger ties between the two nations.
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synonyms:
begin, create, form, found, initiate, institute, organize, originate, start
antonyms:
abolish, abrogate, dissolve, do away with, lift, retract, revoke, sever, tear down
similar words:
constitute, construct, design, develop, ground, impose, inaugurate, install, open, pitch, plan, root, secure, set, settle
definition 2: to determine or prove to the satisfaction of others; show to be true or valid.
His attorney helped to establish his innocence.The medical examiner established that the cause of the victim's death was drowning.
synonyms:
authenticate, confirm, corroborate, demonstrate, prove, substantiate, validate, verify
antonyms:
disprove
similar words:
affirm, aver, base, certify, justify, show, support, sustain, uphold, warrant
definition 3: to put firmly into a situation or position, as into a job.
It was her popular second album that truly established her as a major pop star.The Queen established Sir Walter Raleigh as Captain of the Guard.
synonyms:
install, position, situate
similar words:
locate, place, settle, start
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Establish is from a Latin word that means "to make firm." The word stable goes back to the same Latin roots.
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