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Definition of 'establish'


  1. set up or found; "She set up a literacy program"
       Synonyms: set up found launch
       Antonyms: abolish get rid of
  2. set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: prove demonstrate show shew
       Antonyms: disprove confute
  4. institute, enact, or establish; "make laws"
       Synonyms: lay down make
  5. bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
       Synonyms: give
  6. place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
       Synonyms: install instal set up
  7. use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"
       Synonyms: base ground found
  8. build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"
       Synonyms: build

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