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verb [transitive] establish pronunciation in British English /ɪˈstæblɪʃ/
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present tense
present participleestablishing
past tenseestablished
past participleestablished
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  1. 2
    to discover, prove, or decide that something is true

    The cause of death has not yet been established.

    establish (that):

    We have established that you were present that afternoon.

    establish whether/how/who etc:

    I was never able to establish whether she was telling the truth.

    establish a link/connection:

    Townsend’s work firmly established the links between unemployment and poverty.

  2. 3
    to achieve success, so that people recognize your skill, qualities, or power

    Within six months, Caesar had established his authority over Gaul.

    establish yourself/someone (as something):

    Reagan quickly established himself as a promising film actor.

    establish a reputation:

    The Institute has established a reputation for the exploration of new art in Britain.

  3. 4
    to make the characters in a story seem real

    By what means does the author attempt to establish the character of the narrator?


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