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Dictionary definition for: Establish

1. (v) set up or found; "She set up a literacy program"

2. (v) set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"

3. (v) establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound" "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"

4. (v) institute, enact, or establish; "make laws"

5. (v) bring about; "The trompe l''oeil-illusion establishes depth"

6. (v) place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"

7. (v) use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation"

8. (v) build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"

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