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establish
used in Babbitt

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • There was no court to decide whether the second son of a Pierce Arrow limousine should go in to dinner before the first son of a Buick roadster, but of their respective social importance there was no doubt; and where Babbitt as a boy had aspired to the presidency, his son Ted aspired to a Packard twin-six and an established position in the motored gentry.
    Chapter 6 (32% in)
established = settled
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • When he had thus established himself as a person unemotional and interested only in business, he sauntered out.
    Chapter 28 (11% in)
established = proven or demonstrated
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?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Take the attacks on the established fundamentals of the Christian creed which were so popular with the 'scientists' a generation ago.
    Chapter 27 (29% in)
  • His shoulders were broad enough, his voice deep enough, his relish of hearty humor strong enough, to establish him as one of the ruling caste of Good Fellows.
    Chapter 4 (33% in)
  • His reputation for oratory established, at the dinner of the Zenith Real Estate Board he made the Annual Address.
    Chapter 14 (26% in)
  • ...the highest-paid conductors on the market, providing he ain't a Hun—it goes right into Beantown and New York and Washington; it plays at the best theaters to the most cultured and moneyed people; it gives such class-advertising as a town can get in no other way; and the guy who is so short-sighted as to crab this orchestra proposition is passing up the chance to impress the glorious name of Zenith on some big New York millionaire that might-that might establish a branch factory here!
    Chapter 21 (79% in)

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