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establish
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition create, start, or set in [a] place
  • Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She got a job with an established firm.
  • established = set with a good reputation
  • Which word choice would help to establish a serious tone.
  • establish = create
  • Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest college in the United States.
  • established = started
  • The rule is so well-established, it is no longer open to reasonable legal dispute.
  • established = existing firmly
  • As used in line 24, "rule" most nearly refers to an "established habit."
  • established = existing
  • We want to establish our company as a leader in the industry.
  • establish = set in reputation
  • The process by which this happens is now well established.
  • established = long-existing
  • "Old established firm," he volunteered.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • established = long-existing
  • Salem had been established hardly forty years before.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
established = founded (started)

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2  —as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The sixth paragraph (lines 67-68) is primarily concerned with establishing the contrast between men and masculine traits.
  • establishing = showing or determining
  • Since we previously established that she was at work on Monday morning, we can eliminate her as a suspect.
  • established = determined (figured out)
  • Can you establish her location on Monday morning?
  • establish = determine (figure out)
  • It is established, I think, that there is a possibility of such a thing as I have outlined occurring.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • established = known or proven
  • This is one of the many examples of the men missing in action erroneously reported and later being established as a lie....
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • established = shown
  • Without disputing a truth so momentous, we must be allowed to consider this version of Mr. Dimmesdale's story as only an instance of that stubborn fidelity with which a man's friends—and especially a clergyman's—will sometimes uphold his character, when proofs, clear as the mid-day sunshine on the scarlet letter, establish him a false and sin-stained creature of the dust.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • establish = show
  • And besides, she'd like to know what kind of studies had established that the youngest daughter and not the eldest is best suited to care for their mother.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • established = shown
  • You have two hours to get footage showing the damage from the bombing, establish that Thirteen's military unit remains not only functional but dominant, and, most important, that the Mockingjay is still alive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • establish = show
  •   Unfortunately, she gave herself away. In the eyes. They were agitated. She knew the exact moment when Viktor Chemmel established that the book was a prize possession.
      "I'll tell you what," he said. "For fifty marks, you can have it back."
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
established = determined (figured out)

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