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establishverb [T]

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

to start something that will last for a long time, 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 accepted generally: She’s established herself as a leading authority on urban problems.
  • establish verb [T] (PROVE)

to prove something or show the state of something, esp. by collecting facts 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 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 long time: 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 effective communication links between staff, parents, pupils, and external bodies.

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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 latest problems arose. He's established himself as a dependable source of information. After three months we were well established in/at our new house/new jobs.
establish yourself C1 formal
to be in a successful position over a long period of time: He has established himself as the leading candidate 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 left home/whether she has left home. [+ (that)] We have established (that) she was born in 1900.

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(Definition of establish from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 long time: The firm was established in 1822. The company intends to establish a presence in Korea.
establish yourself
[T] to reach a successful position over a period of time: He has established himself as one of the most active business leaders in the community. The company quickly established itself as a recognized global brand.
(Definition of establish from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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