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 Dictionary entry overview: What does established mean? 

ESTABLISHED (adjective)
  The adjective ESTABLISHED has 6 senses:

1. brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established
2. securely established
3. settled securely and unconditionally
4. shown to be valid beyond a reasonable doubt
5. conforming with accepted standards
6. introduced from another region and persisting without cultivation

  Familiarity information: ESTABLISHED used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

ESTABLISHED (adjective)

Sense 1established [BACK TO TOP]


Brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established


constituted; established

Context examples:

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


set up (well established and ready to function)

self-constituted; self-established (constituted by or established by itself)

recognised; recognized (provided with a secure reputation)

official ((of a church) given official status as a national or state institution)

legitimate (in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles)

habitual (made a norm or custom or habit)

grooved; well-grooved (established as if settled into a groove or rut)

entrenched (established firmly and securely)

deep-rooted; deep-seated; implanted; ingrained; planted ((used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held)

brought about (caused to exist)

accepted (widely or permanently accepted)


unestablished (not established)

Sense 2established [BACK TO TOP]


Securely established


established; firm

Context examples:

an established reputation / holds a firm position as the country's leading poet


secure (free from danger or risk)

Sense 3established [BACK TO TOP]


Settled securely and unconditionally


effected; accomplished; established

Context example:

that smoking causes health problems is an accomplished fact


settled (established or decided beyond dispute or doubt)

Sense 4established [BACK TO TOP]


Shown to be valid beyond a reasonable doubt

Context example:

the established facts in the case


proved; proven (established beyond doubt)

Sense 5established [BACK TO TOP]


Conforming with accepted standards


conventional; established

Context example:

a conventional view of the world


orthodox (adhering to what is commonly accepted)

Sense 6established [BACK TO TOP]


Introduced from another region and persisting without cultivation


naturalized; established


foreign; strange (relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world)

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