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establish
used in In Cold Blood

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • Though dusk had established itself, Dick, doing a steady sixty miles an hour, was still driving without headlights, but then the road was straight, the country was as level as a lake, and other cars were seldom sighted.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (64% in)
established = settled
  • The pioneers who founded Garden City were necessarily a Spartan people, but when the time came to establish a formal cemetery, they were determined, despite arid soil and the troubles of transporting water, to create a rich contrast to the dusty streets, the austere plains.
    4 — The Corner (98% in)
establish = create
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in In Cold Blood.

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2  —6 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • Having established premeditation of great degree, Green left the witness to the ministrations of the defense.
    4 — The Corner (35% in)
established = proven
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • And Mr. Smith, the farmer who tied rope knots identical with those used by the murderer-he, too, was a discarded suspect, having established that on the night of the crime he'd been "off in Oklahoma."
    2 — Persons Unknown (32% in)
  • established = proven
  • Thus the last loose strings were tied, the K.B.I. had now assembled an unshakable case, for tests established that the shells had been discharged by Hickock's shotgun, and remnants of cord and tape were of a piece with the material to bind and silence the victims.
    4 — The Corner (7% in)
  • established = showed
  • The point of Rohleder's testimony was to establish the fact of his having made these pictures, which the prosecution proposed to put into evidence.
    4 — The Corner (32% in)
  • establish = demonstrate
  • The intent of his queries as he soon established, was to introduce a subject the prosecution had emphatically avoided: the question of Wells' own role in the murder plot, and his own moral liability.
    4 — The Corner (35% in)
  • established = showed
  • The attempt to establish insanity as a defense because of serious injuries in accidents years before, and headaches and occasional fainting spells of Hickock, was like grasping at the proverbial straw.
    4 — The Corner (86% in)
establish = demonstrate or prove
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in In Cold Blood.

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