• verb: to cause (someone or something) to be widely known and accepted
  • verb: to institute (as a law) permanently by enactment or agreement
  • synonyms: enact, ordain, found


  • He challenged the 'established order'. [=the way things are usually done in society, in an organization, etc.]

  • Research has 'established' [='demonstrated, shown'] that he played an important role in the negotiations.

  • Investigators are trying to 'establish' if/whether anyone knew about these problems before the accident.

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  • (..) Recite the Constitution's preamble. Know what a preamble is? "We the people of the United States, "in order to form a more perfect union, "establish justice, "ensure domestic tranquility, "provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare..." How many county judges in Alabama? (..)
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