Es·tab·lish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Established p. pr. & vb. n. Establishing.]
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.
v 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,
5: bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
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"