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Verb: establish  i'sta-blish
  1. Start an new organization or institution
    - set up, found, launch
     
  2. Set up or lay the groundwork for
    "establish a new department";
    - found, plant, constitute, institute
     
  3. Make clear the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
    "The experiment established the instability of the compound";
    - prove, demonstrate, show, shew [Brit, archaic]
     
  4. Institute, enact; formally write
    "establish laws";
    - lay down, make
     
  5. Bring about
    "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth";
    - give
     
  6. Place
    - install, instal, set up
     
  7. Build or create something abstract
    "establish a reputation";
    - build
     
  8. Use as a basis for; found on
    "establish a claim on some observation";
    - base, ground, found

Derived forms: established, establishing, establishes

Type of: affirm, confirm, corroborate, create, initiate, make, open, open up, pioneer, substantiate, support, sustain

Antonym: abolish

Encyclopedia: Establish