Establish

Definition of Establish

Es`tab´lish
v. t.1.To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm.
[imp. & p. p. Established ; p. pr. & vb. n. Establishing.]
So were the churches established in the faith.
- Acts xvi. 5.
The best established tempers can scarcely forbear being borne down.
- Burke.
Confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control.
- Bancroft.
2.To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.
By the consent of all, we were established
The people's magistrates.
- Shak.
Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed.
- Dan. vi. 8.
3.To originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute; to create and regulate; - said of a colony, a state, or other institutions.
He hath established it [the earth], he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited.
- Is. xlv. 18.
Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!
- Hab. ii. 12.
4.To secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true; as, to establish a fact, usage, principle, opinion, doctrine, etc.
At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
- Deut. xix. 15.
5.To set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; - used reflexively; as, he established himself in a place; the enemy established themselves in the citadel.

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