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


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

      adj 1: brought about or set up or accepted; especially long
             established; "the established social order"; "distrust
             the constituted authority"; "a team established as a
             member of a major league"; "enjoyed his prestige as an
             established writer"; "an established precedent"; "the
             established Church" [syn: constituted] [ant: unestablished]
      2: securely established; "an established reputation"; "holds a
         firm position as the country's leading poet" [syn: firm]
      3: settled securely and unconditionally; "that smoking causes
         health problems is an accomplished fact" [syn: accomplished,
      4: shown to be valid beyond a reasonable doubt; "the
         established facts in the case"
      5: conforming with accepted standards; "a conventional view of
         the world" [syn: conventional]
      6: introduced from another region and persisting without
         cultivation [syn: naturalized]