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“establish” in English

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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 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 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 Business English

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uk /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/ us

[ 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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In this respect we are responsible for something that we wish to establish, something that, at the end of the day, must work and must benefit our citizens.
Yes, we need to establish linkage, but in taking this package now and taking a holistic approach to the need to improve information and consultation for workers.
Regarding these agencies, the three institutions should take the deliberations on governance as an opportunity to establish a common doctrine on what is called externalisation.
The first stresses the rapid introduction of market forces, while the second underlines the need to establish transitional periods and active public aid.
The objective must be to establish one single payment area, where cross-border payments are subject to the same conditions and accompanied by the same costs as domestic transactions.
In affirming the principle of equality, all the constitutions of the world virtually establish a principle of constitutional jus cogens, since discrimination is prohibited everywhere.
The aim of the text is clear and has already been mentioned here: to establish a uniform regulation for the dimension of rigid buses in transport services.
As we are demanding obedience to the law and an end to corruption of the applicant countries, we ourselves also have to establish the principles of equality and honesty.
Events such as this will continue to recur unless and until we establish the "polluter pays" principle in the fullest sense of these words.
Safer use and better choices by consumers create greater safety, so we must establish that this draft legislation is a step forward in this respect and should be welcomed.