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  1. es·tab·lish
    IPA[əˈstabliSH]
  2. verb

    • 1. set up (an organization, system, or set of rules) on a firm or permanent basis:

      the British established a rich trade with Portugal
      Synonym : set up, start, begin, get going, put in place, initiate, institute, form, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, organize, lay the foundations of, build, construct, install, plant
    • 2. initiate or bring about (contact or communication):

      the two countries established diplomatic relations
    • 3. achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for:

      the principle of the supremacy of national parliaments needs to be firmly established he had established himself as a film star
    • 4. introduce (a character, set, or location) into a film or play and allow its identification:

      establish the location with a wide shot
    • 5. show (something) to be true or certain by determining the facts:

      the police established that the two passports were forgeries
      Synonym : prove, demonstrate, show, show to be true, show beyond doubt, indicate, signify, signal, display, exhibit, manifest, denote, attest to, evidence, determine, validate, confirm, verify, certify, ratify, corroborate, substantiate, evince, bespeak, constitute evidence of, constitute proof of
    • 6. ensure that one's remaining cards in (a suit) will be winners (if not trumped) by playing off the high cards in that suit:

      the right plan would be to establish dummy's diamonds
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: establish, 3rd person present: establishes, gerund or present participle: establishing, past tense: established, past participle: established

    • verb

      set up on a firm or permanent basis:

      initiate or bring about (contact or communication):

    • adjective

      having been in existence for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted:

      (of a plant) having taken root; growing well:

    • adjective

      having existed or done something for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted:

      (of a plant) having taken root; growing well:

    • verb

      establish (something) again or anew:
    • verb

      establish (something) in advance:
    • verb

      establish (something) again or anew:
    • adjective

      firmly established, especially because of a long existence:
    • adjective

      having existed or continued for a long time:
    • adjective

      having existed or continued for a long time:
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