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establish
used in Light in August

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establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • It had entered his mind too quickly and was too firmly established there when he became aware of it; his feet were already obeying it.
    Chapter 17 (16% in)
established = settled
  • One day the town found the woman established in the small house where they had lived ever since, though for the next five years Hines was at home only once a month, over the weekend.
    Chapter 15 (1% in)
  • established = settled
  • When he returned home with his wound and recovered and established himself as a doctor, he was only practising the surgery and the pharmacy which he had practised and learned on the bodies of friend and foe alike while helping the doctors at the front.
    Chapter 20 (24% in)
  • established = set up
  • Resident of Oxford, Mississippi, where he held various jobs while trying to establish himself as a writer.
    About the Author (43% in)

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  • Brown's voice was gleeful though quiet, cautious, conspiratorial, as if he had already established his alliance and sympathy with Christmas, unasked, and without waiting to know what was going on, out of loyalty to his partner or perhaps to abstract man as opposed to all woman.
    Chapter 12 (61% in)
  • Yet on Monday morning they came quietly and soberly to work, in clean overalls and clean shirts, waiting quietly until the whistle blew and then going quietly to work, as though there were still something of Sabbath in the overlingering air which established a tenet that, no matter what a man had done with his Sabbath, to come quiet and clean to work on Monday morning was no more than seemly and right to do.
    Chapter 2 (42% in)

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