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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 es·tab·lish /ɪsˈtæblɪʃ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"
         [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]