(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Established (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Establishing.] [OE. establissen, OF. establir, F. tablir, fr. L. stabilire, fr. stabilis firm, steady, stable. See Stable, a., -ish, and cf. Stablish.] 1. To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm.
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So were the churches established in the faith.
Acts xvi. 5.
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The best established tempers can scarcely forbear being borne down.
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Confidence which must precede union could be established only by consummate prudence and self-control.
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2. To appoint or constitute for permanence, as officers, laws, regulations, etc.; to enact; to ordain.
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By the consent of all, we were established
The people's magistrates.
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Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed.
Dan. vi. 8.
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3. To originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute; to create and regulate; -- said of a colony, a state, or other institutions.
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He hath established it [the earth], he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited.
Is. xlv. 18.
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Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!
Hab. ii. 12.
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4. To secure public recognition in favor of; to prove and cause to be accepted as true; as, to establish a fact, usage, principle, opinion, doctrine, etc.
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At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Deut. xix. 15.
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5. To set up in business; to place advantageously in a fixed condition; -- used reflexively; as, he established himself in a place; the enemy established themselves in the citadel.
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