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establish
used in Atlas Shrugged

2 meanings, 34 uses
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1  —8 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • He wondered why he felt it with such urgency and why it had seemed so crucially important to re-establish the Comet's run.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (66% 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)
  • With so many railroads closing and so many railroad men out of work, they feel that those extra speeds you've established on the Rio Norte Line are unfair-they feel that there should be more trains, instead, so that the work would be divided around-they feel that it's not fair for us to get all the benefit of that new rail, they want a share of it, too.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (17% in)
  • established = created
  • I couldn't establish a system of brotherhood and love in just one small state, amidst a nation of profit-seekers and dollar-grubbers.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (45% in)
  • The boy had established an office at the Rearden mills, where four girls took applications for shares of Rearden Metal.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (57% in)
  • established = created
  • But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law-men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims-then money becomes its creators' avenger.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (79% in)
  • establishes = creates
  • They remained silent, letting the room be filled by the sounds which centuries of men and of struggle had established as the symbol of joyous attainment: the blast of the cork, the laughing tinkle of a pale gold liquid running into two broad cups filled with the weaving reflections of candles, the whisper of bubbles rising through two crystal stems, almost demanding that everything in sight rise, too, in the same aspiration.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (49% in)
  • established = set in place
  • Intellectual hoodlums who pose as professors, shrug away the thinkers of the past by declaring that their social theories were based on the impractical assumption that man was a rational being-but since men are not rational, they declare, there ought to be established a system that will make it possible for them to exist while being irrational, which means: while defying reality.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (62% in)
  • established = created
  • This was the first eastbound Cornet out of San Francisco in many days: she was the child of his tortured effort to re-establish transcontinental service.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (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.)
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • It is, I believe, an established fact that women don't go for that stuff about the mind.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (3% in)
established = known or proven
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It seems to be established that we cannot continue to afford the operation of some of our branch lines ... the Rio Norte Line in particular ... and, therefore, some form of action seems to be indicated...
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (31% in)
  • established = shown or proved
  • It appears, as far as can be established at present, that the Comet was stalled just beyond the point where the tunnel makes a sharp curve.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (58% in)
  • established = determined (figured out)
  • His means to establish the truth of his answers is logic, and logic rests on the axiom that existence exists.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (23% in)

There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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?  —22 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • I don't think it's practical to establish a person whose sole means of livelihood is the breaking of my bones.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (58% in)
  • "Speaking of progressive policies, Orren," said Taggart, "you might ask yourself whether at a time of transportation shortages, when so many railroads are going bankrupt and large areas are left without rail service, whether it is in the public interest to tolerate wasteful duplication of services and the destructive, dog-eat-dog competition of newcomers in territories where established companies have historical priority."
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (16% in)
  • Then it was said that large, established railroad systems were essential to the public welfare; and that the collapse of one of them would be a national catastrophe; and that if one such system had happened to sustain a crushing loss in a public-spirited attempt to contribute to international good will, it was entitled to public support to help it survive the blow.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (46% in)
  • We voted on every claim, and the will of the majority established every person's need and every person's ability.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (71% in)
  • It was because of an outrageous scheme which the heirs of led Starnes established there.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (76% in)
  • I am complying with the system which they have established.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (63% in)
  • The voice slowed down and added in an impersonal, reflective manner, as if the words were not addressed to anyone, "Of course, I'd have the problem of maintaining a certain social position .... it's not my fault if I'll be embarrassed by a family name associated with a millionaire...... I would need enough money for a year or two .... to establish myself in a manner suitable to my-"
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (25% in)
  • You know, Dagny, Thanksgiving was a holiday established by productive people to celebrate the success of their work.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (40% in)
  • According to the procedure established by directives, cases of this kind were not tried by a jury, but by a panel of three judges appointed by the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources; the procedure, the directives had stated, was to be informal and democratic.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (44% in)
  • The rations of coal, established by Wesley Mouch, permitted the heating of homes for three hours a day.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (7% in)
  • The rates you're charging were established at a time when everybody was making money.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (26% in)
  • I am merely complying with the system which my fellow men have established.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (22% in)
  • Through some astounding infraction of safety rules-in circumstances not yet fully established-the Comet, westbound for San Francisco, was sent into the tunnel with a coal-burning steam locomotive.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (54% in)
  • They never established the cause of death.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (29% in)
  • Yet this was the moral law that the professors and leaders and thinkers had wanted to establish all over the earth.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (38% in)
  • It was you who established this valley?
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (90% in)
  • It may be that at the end of my life, I shall have established nothing but this single mined'Anconia Copper No. 1, Galt's Gulch, Colorado, U.S.A. But, Dagny, do you remember that my ambition was to double my father's production of copper?
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (30% in)
  • Well, it's much faster than that long detour you tried to establish.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (53% in)
  • For the same purpose and motive, for the same satisfaction, as others weave complex systems of philosophy to destroy generations, of establish dictatorships to destroy a country, so she, possessing no weapons except femininity, had made it her goal to destroy one man.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (34% in)
  • You propose to establish a social order based on the following tenets: that you're incompetent to run your own life, but competent to run the lives of others-that you're unfit to exist in freedom, but fit to become an omnipotent ruler-that you're unable to earn your living by the use of your own intelligence, but able to judge politicians and to vote them into jobs of total power over arts you have never seen, over sciences you have never studied, over achievements of which you have no...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (70% in)
  • You called it selfish and cruel that men should trade value for value-you have now established an unselfish society where they trade extortion for extortion.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (94% in)
  • He grasped that these men, who called themselves the Friends of the People, had seized possession of Project X, tonight, a few hours ago, intending to establish a reign of their own.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (19% in)

There are no more uses of "establish" in Atlas Shrugged.

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