AskDefine | Define establish

Dictionary Definition

establish

Verb

1 set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" [syn: set up, found, launch] [ant: abolish]
2 set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department" [syn: 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, show, shew] [ant: disprove]
4 institute, enact, or establish; "make laws" [syn: lay down, make]
5 bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth" [syn: give]
6 place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz" [syn: install, instal, set up]
7 use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation" [syn: base, ground, found]
8 build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation" [syn: build]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

establissen, establir, établir, from stabilire, from stabilis firm, steady, stable.

Pronunciation

  • /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ/, /I"st

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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