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establish

 
 
pronunciation:
ih stae blihsh
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part of speech: verb
inflections: establishes, establishing, established
definition 1: to bring into being; to found.
He established a new club.
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synonyms:
begin, create, form, found, initiate, institute, organize, originate, start
antonyms:
abolish, dissolve, do away with, lift, revoke, tear down
similar words:
construct, design, develop, ground, impose, inaugurate, install, open, pitch, plan, root, secure, set
definition 2: to prove or show to be true.
The lawyer established the suspect's guilt.
synonyms:
confirm, demonstrate, prove, verify
antonyms:
disprove
similar words:
affirm, base, justify, show, support, sustain, uphold, warrant
Word History
Establish is from a Latin word that means "to make firm." The word stable goes back to the same Latin roots.
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The word establish contains the following part:
sta, stas, stat, stant, -stance Latin and Greek root that means stand, standing, stabilize
synonyms:
sist