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establish
used in Atonement

2 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • As you must know, it would be unusual for us to publish a complete novella by an unknown writer, or for that matter a well-established one.
    Part 3 (43% in)
established = set with a good reputation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She blamed no one, but she had hung about the house all summer, encouraged by a vague notion she was reestablishing an important connection with her family.
    Part 1 (54% in)
  • And so their respective positions, which were to find public expression in the weeks and months to come, and then be pursued as demons in private for many years afterward, were established in these moments by the lake, with Briony's certainty rising whenever her cousin appeared to doubt herself.
    Part 1 (89% 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)
  • Once it was established that I would not tolerate the thumping music at any volume from the speakers on the ledge behind my head, and he had recovered from a little sulkiness, we got along well and talked about families.
    Part 3 (89% in)

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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • There was enough light, it was established, from stars, and from the cloud base reflecting streetlights from the nearest town.
    Part 1 (91% in)
  • They stared at each other in confusion, unable to speak, sensing that something delicately established might slip from them.
    Part 1 (71% in)
  • There was no time to establish anything beyond the connection itself, then she hurried round to be by her mother who began to give instructions for a cold compress.
    Part 1 (75% in)
  • Something had been established which Emily took to be a criticism of herself.
    Part 1 (80% in)
  • At this early stage, the inspector was careful not to oppress the young girl with probing questions, and within this sensitively created space she was able to build and shape her narrative in her own words and establish the key facts: there was just sufficient light for her to recognize a familiar face; when he shrank away from her and circled the clearing, his movements and height were familiar to her as well.
    Part 1 (96% in)

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