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establish
used in Pride and Prejudice

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • He is now, perhaps, sorry for what he has done, and anxious to re-establish a character.
    Chapter 40 (60% in)
re-establish = restore

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-establish means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • His sisters were anxious for his having an estate of his own; but, though he was now only established as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table—nor was Mrs. Hurst, who had married a man of more fashion than fortune, less disposed to consider his house as her home when it suited her.
    Chapter 4 (62% in)
  • established = settled
  • Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorized by such commendation to think of her as he chose.
    Chapter 4 (98% in)
  • established = set in reputation
  • As a clergyman, moreover, I feel it my duty to promote and establish the blessing of peace in all families within in the reach of my influence;
    Chapter 13 (40% in)
  • establish = create
  • My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world in your excellent judgement in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit me to say, that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy;
    Chapter 18 (56% in)
  • established = set in place (accepted and expected)
  • ...I know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on the first application, and perhaps you have even now said as much to encourage my suit as would be consistent with the true delicacy of the female character.
    Chapter 19 (76% in)
  • established = long-practiced
  • Such a circumstance could only exasperate farther, and, when he ceased, the colour rose into her cheeks, and she said: "In such cases as this, it is, I believe, the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed, however unequally they may be returned."
    Chapter 34 (33% in)
established = set in place (accepted and expected)
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in Pride and Prejudice.

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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • His countenance, voice, and manner had established him at once in the possession of every virtue.
    Chapter 36 (36% in)
established = shown
  • Miss Bennet's lovely face confirmed his views, and established all his strictest notions of what was due to seniority; and for the first evening she was his settled choice.
    Chapter 15 (17% in)
established = demonstrated
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in Pride and Prejudice.

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