Meaning of “establishment” in the English Dictionary

"establishment" in British English

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establishmentnoun

uk /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ.mənt/ us /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ.mənt/

establishment noun (ORGANIZATION)

C1 [ C ] a business or other organization, or the place where an organization operates:

the establishment [ S, + sing/pl verb ]

the important and powerful people who control a country or an organization, especially those who support the existing situation:

Critics said judges were on the side of the establishment.

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  • She seems to have spent all her life studying in educational establishments.
  • For an inexpensive place to stay, the guide book recommends a small family-run establishment near the cathedral.
  • They embarked on a tour of the city's many drinking establishments.
  • This large, rather run-down establishment offers rooms for US$8.
  • This 16-room hotel offers more than the usual two-star establishment, though its location is not very good.

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

"establishment" in American English

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establishmentnoun

us /ɪˈstæb·lɪʃ·mənt/

establishment noun (POWERFUL PEOPLE)

[ C ] the people who have most of the power within government or society or in a particular business or activity:

the diplomatic/educational/literary establishment

[ C ] An establishment is a particular place of business:

Visitors come to shop in the fashionable new establishments downtown.

establishment noun (START)

[ U ] the act of starting or creating something that will last a long time:

She called for the establishment of nationwide academic standards.

(Definition of “establishment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"establishment" in Business English

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establishmentnoun

uk /ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt/ us

[ C ] a business or other organization, or the place where an organization operates:

an educational/training/religious establishment
What percent of your establishment's total sales are from outside your country?

[ S ] the act of starting a business, organization, project, etc.:

Since its establishment in the late 1960s the company has grown steadily.
establishment of sth
The establishment of new areas of employment is a priority.
the establishment

[ S ] the important and powerful people who control a country, profession, or organization, especially those who support the existing situation:

Critics said judges were on the side of the establishment.
the business/medical/military establishment

(Definition of “establishment” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)