|Origin:||establir, from Latin stabilire 'to make firm'|
es‧tab‧lish S3 W1 [transitive]
to start a company, organization, system, etc that is intended to exist or continue for a long time [= found]:
The city of Boerne was established by German settlers in the 1840s.
Our goal is to establish a new research centre in the North.
to begin a relationship with someone or a situation that will continue
establish relations/links/contact etc (with somebody)
Hungary established diplomatic relations with Chile in 1990.
I wondered why he should bother to try and establish contact with me.
to find out facts that will prove that something is true:
The police must establish the facts of the case before proceeding.
The autopsy established that he had been murdered.
I was never able to establish whether she was telling the truth.
to make people accept that you can do something, or that you have a particular quality
establish yourself (as/in)
He had three years in which to establish himself as Prime Minister.
He'd already begun to establish quite a reputation as a journalist.