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establish
used in Moby Dick

2 meanings, 7 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • It touches one's sense of honour, particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the Van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hardicanutes.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (14% in)
established = set with a good reputation
  • But I beat the thing down; and again marking the sleeper, jocularly hinted to Queequeg that perhaps we had best sit up with the body; telling him to establish himself accordingly.
    Chapters 19-21 — The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (84% in)
establish = set in place
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2  —5 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • Still, we can hypothesize, even if we cannot prove and establish.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (19% in)
establish = demonstrate fact
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In the first place, it may be deemed almost superfluous to establish the fact, that among people at large, the business of whaling is not accounted on a level with what are called the liberal professions.
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (56% in)
  • establish = demonstrate
  • I do not know where I can find a better place than just here, to make mention of one or two other things, which to me seem important, as in printed form establishing in all respects the reasonableness of the whole story of the White Whale, more especially the catastrophe.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (57% in)
  • establishing = demonstrating
  • But fortunately the special point I here seek can be established upon testimony entirely independent of my own.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (64% in)
  • established = proved
  • ...after being chased, and diligently marked, through several hours of daylight, then, when night obscures the fish, the creature's future wake through the darkness is almost as established to the sagacious mind of the hunter, as the pilot's coast is to him.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (34% in)
established = known
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

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