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ESTABLISH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does establish mean? 

ESTABLISH (verb)
  The verb ESTABLISH has 8 senses:

1. set up or found
2. set up or lay the groundwork for
3. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
4. institute, enact, or establish
5. bring about
6. place
7. use as a basis for; found on
8. build or establish something abstract

  Familiarity information: ESTABLISH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ESTABLISH (verb)


Sense 1establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set up or found

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

establish; found; launch; set up

Context example:

She set up a literacy program

Hypernyms (to "establish" is one way to...):

open; open up (start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

abolish (do away with)


Sense 2establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set up or lay the groundwork for

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

institute; establish; found; plant; constitute

Context example:

establish a new department

Hypernyms (to "establish" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "establish"):

fix (set or place definitely)

appoint; constitute; name; nominate (create and charge with a task or function)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shew; prove; demonstrate; show; establish

Context examples:

The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound / The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture

Hypernyms (to "establish" is one way to...):

affirm; confirm; corroborate; substantiate; support; sustain (establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "establish"):

prove oneself (show one's ability or courage)

prove (prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof)

contradict; negate (prove negative; show to be false)

stultify (prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Institute, enact, or establish

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

lay down; establish; make

Context example:

make laws

Hypernyms (to "establish" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "establish"):

mark; set (establish as the highest level or best performance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring about

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

establish; give

Context example:

The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth

Hypernyms (to "establish" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "establish"):

introduce (bring in or establish in a new place or environment)

pacify (fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

instal; install; establish; set up

Context example:

Her manager had set her up at the Ritz

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use as a basis for; found on

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

base; found; establish; ground

Context example:

base a claim on some observation

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "establish"):

build (found or ground)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 8establish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Build or establish something abstract

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

build; establish

Context example:

build a reputation

Hypernyms (to "establish" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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