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"establish" in British English

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establishverb

uk   /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ/  us   /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ/
  • establish verb (START)

B2 [T often passive] to ​start a ​company or ​organization that will ​continue for a ​longtime: The ​brewery was established in 1822. These ​methods of ​working were established in the last ​century.
C1 [T often passive] to ​start having a ​relationship with, or ​communicating with another ​person, ​company, ​country, or ​organization: There is a ​strong need to establish ​effectivecommunicationlinks between ​staff, ​parents, ​pupils, and ​externalbodies.

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  • establish verb (ACCEPT)

C1 [T] to ​cause something or someone to be ​accepted in or ​familiar with a ​place, ​position, etc.: His ​reputation for ​carelessness was established ​long before the ​latestproblemsarose. He's established himself as a ​dependablesource of ​information. After three ​months we were well established in/atour new ​house/new ​jobs.
establish yourself C1 formal
to be in a ​successfulposition over a ​longperiod of ​time: He has established himself as the ​leadingcandidate in the ​election.

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  • establish verb (DISCOVER)

C2 [T] formal to ​discover or get ​proof of something: Before we take any ​action we must establish the ​facts/​truth. [+ question word] Can you establish what ​time she ​lefthome/whether she has ​lefthome. [+ (that)] We have established (that) she was ​born in 1900.

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(Definition of establish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"establish" in American English

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establishverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈstæb·lɪʃ/
  • establish verb [T] (START)

to ​start something that will last for a ​longtime, or to ​create or set something in a ​particular way: He ​helped to establish the University of California at Berkeley. Once we establish the ​price, we can ​begin to ​market the ​product.
  • establish verb [T] (ACCEPT)

to ​cause someone or something to be ​acceptedgenerally: She’s established herself as a ​leadingauthority on ​urbanproblems.
  • establish verb [T] (PROVE)

to ​prove something or show the ​state of something, esp. by ​collectingfacts or ​information about it: The ​coroner has not ​yet established the ​cause of ​death. [+ question word] We’re ​trying to establish what ​happened here.
(Definition of establish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"establish" in Business English

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establishverb

uk   us   /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/
[T, often passive] to ​start a ​company or ​organization that will continue for a ​longtime: The ​firm was established in 1822. The ​company intends to establish a presence in Korea.
establish yourself
[T] to ​reach a ​successfulposition over a ​period of ​time: He has established himself as one of the most ​activebusinessleaders in the ​community. The ​company quickly established itself as a ​recognizedglobalbrand.
(Definition of establish from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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