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

  • According to this sign, this business was established in 1905. (est. 1905)
  • 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.)
  • Maria is trying to establish a good credit history by paying her loans and credit cards on time.
  • Tuan has established himself as a respectable member of his community.
  • The police were brought in to establish order in an area that had known only chaos for two months.
  • Bill and Melinda want to establish a treatment facility for children who have chronic diseases.

The word "established" is an adjective. It usually means that a person or thing is recognized as reputable or as having good credentials.

  • Stephen Johnson is an established member of the community.
  • An established author is visting our local bookstore this afternoon.
  • David decided to buy an established business instead of starting one from scratch.

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

  • The tavern that we usually go to 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.)
  • The establishment of a government took three years.
  • The U.S. Constitution prohibits the establishment of an official religion in the United States.
  • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (From the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.)


This business was established a long time ago.


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First published on April 26, 2012

Updated on February 18, 2018







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