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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
  • And at once this possibility became an established certainty: John had refused to come because he didn't like her.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • established = proven
  • For how could you establish even the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside your own memory?
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • establish = prove
  • Evidence unearthed by the forty-odd expeditions sent to search for them eventually established that all had perished, the victims of scurvy, starvation, and unspeakable suffering.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • established = showed
  • DANFORTH—(his first real outburst, in which his contempt for Parris is clear): Mr. Parris, I bid you be silent! (He stands in silence, looking out the window. Now, having established that he will set the gait.) Mr. Cheever, will you go into the court and bring the children here?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
established = demonstrated

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