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establish

verb
 
 
/ɪˈstæblɪʃ/
START [T] B2 to start a company or organization that will continue for a long time: [often passive] The brewery was established in 1822.Starting, succeeding and failing in business
establish sb/sth as sth to put someone or something into a successful and lasting position: [often reflexive] He quickly established himself as a talented actor.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
establish communication/relations, etc to start having a relationship or communicating with another company, country, or organization: The two countries have only recently established diplomatic relations.Starting and beginningStarting again
DECIDE [T] to decide something: Our first step must be to establish priorities for the weeks ahead.Decisions and deciding
DISCOVER [T] to find out information or prove something: [+ question word] The police are trying to establish how he died.Proving and disprovingFinding and discovering
established adjective
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