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establish
used in Middlemarch

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1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • The business was established and had old roots; is it not one thing to set up a new gin-palace and another to accept an investment in an old one?
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (80% in)
established = long-successful
  • The long-established practitioners, Mr. Wrench and Mr. Toller; were just now standing apart and having a friendly colloquy, in which they agreed that Lydgate was a jackanapes, just made to serve Bulstrode's purpose.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
  • established = existing
  • We may handle even extreme opinions with impunity while our furniture, our dinner-giving, and preference for armorial bearings in our own case, link us indissolubly with the established order.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (25% in)
  • established = generally accepted
  • The day passed in a sombre fashion, not unusual, though Mr. Casaubon was perhaps unusually silent; but there were hours of the night which might be counted on as opportunities of conversation; for Dorothea, when aware of her husband's sleeplessness, had established a habit of rising, lighting a candle, and reading him to sleep again.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (49% in)
  • established = created and maintained
  • It may seem strange, but it is the fact, that the ordinary vulgar vision of which Mr. Casaubon suspected him—namely, that Dorothea might become a widow, and that the interest he had established in her mind might turn into acceptance of him as a husband—had no tempting, arresting power over him; he did not live in the scenery of such an event, and follow it out, as we all do with that imagined "otherwise" which is our practical heaven.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (38% in)
  • established = created
  • "The business was established before I became connected with it, sir; nor is it for you to institute an inquiry of that kind," he answered, not raising his voice, but speaking with quick defiantness.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (88% in)
  • established = created
  • The sudden sense of exposure after the re-established sense of safety came—not to the coarse organization of a criminal but to—the susceptible nerve of a man whose intensest being lay in such mastery and predominance as the conditions of his life had shaped for him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (96% in)
re-established = restored

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-established means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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exact meaning not specified
  • But what has that to do with the question whether it would not be a fine thing to establish here a more valuable hospital than any they have in the county?
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (8% in)
  • She had no presentiment that the power which her husband wished to establish over her future action had relation to anything else than his work.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (47% in)
  • This way of establishing sequences is too common to be fairly regarded as a peculiar folly in Rosamond.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (39% in)

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