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April 26, 2012 - Word of the Day: establish


The word "establish" is similar to create, build, make, and form. We use this as a verb when describing how or when something started:

  • She's trying to establish a good credit history by paying her loans and credit cards on time.
  • Tuan has established himself as a respectable businessman in his community.
  • The police were brought in to establish order in an area that had known only chaos for two months.
  • This group was established in 1967 to help prevent the destruction of this wilderness area.(Notice the use of the passive voice in this example.)
  • Bill and Melinda want to establish a treatment facility for children who have this disease.
  • According to this sign, this business was established in 1905. (est. 1905)

To make the noun form of this word, just add "ment" to the end of it:

  • The establishment of a government took three years.
  • This is a very old establishment. (Sometimes the word "establishment" is used in place of the word "business," particularly when the business is associated with a building.)


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