Legal Definition and Related Resources of Establish

Meaning of Establish

To fix immovably, or firmly; make stable and permanent ; to originate and secure the permanent existence of; to found; to institute ; to create and regulate ; to prove by evidence , argument , etc.

Establish Alternative Definition

This word occurs frequently in the constitution of the United States, and it is there used in different meanings: (1) To settle firmly, to fix unalterably; as, to establish justice, which is the avowed object of the constitution. (2) To make or form; as, to establish a uniform j-ule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies, which evidently does not mean that these laws shall be unalterably established as justice. (3) To found, to create, to regulate; as, congress shall have power to establish post roads and post offices. (4) To found, recognize, confirm, or admit; as. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. (5) To create, to ratify, or confirm; as, “We, the people, etc., do ordain and establish this constitution.” 1 Story, Const. § 454.

Synonyms of Establish

(Entrench), verb

  • cause to endure
  • confirmare
  • fix deeply
  • fix permanently
  • implant firmly
  • ingrain
  • make durable
  • make firm
  • make lasting
  • make permanent
  • make stable
  • make steadfast
  • perpetuate
  • plant
  • put on a firm basis
  • rootsituate
  • solidify
  • stabilire
  • stabilitate
  • stabilize
  • steady
  • strengthen

(Launch), verb

  • begin
  • bring about
  • bring into being
  • bring into existence
  • build
  • charter
  • constituere
  • constitute
  • construct
  • create
  • develop
  • form
  • found
  • give rise to
  • inaugurate
  • inchoate
  • initiate
  • instituere
  • institute
  • introduce
  • lay the foundations
  • open
  • organize
  • originate
  • prepare
  • put in motion
  • set going
  • set in operation
  • set up
  • start
  • statuereforeign phrases: Cujus est instituere
  • ejus est abrogare
  • Whoever may institute
  • his right it is to abrogate

(Show), verb

  • ascertain
  • attest
  • authenticate
  • certify
  • circumstantiate
  • cite evidence
  • confirm
  • corroborate
  • demonstrate
  • document
  • manifestprobare
  • prove
  • substantiate
  • testify to
  • uphold
  • uphold in evidence
  • validate
  • verify
  • Associated Concepts: conclusively establish
  • establish beyond a reasonable doubt
  • establish by a fair preponderance of the credible evidence
  • establish to a clear certainty
  • established by law
  • legally established

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Legal Usage of Establish in English

An European Commission document offers the following explanation about the misused of Establish:’Establish’ is often used in the European Union to mean to ‘draw up’ or ‘draft’. In English, it actually means to ‘set up’, ‘found’ or ‘secure’. You can establish a company or criteria, but not a report.


‘During the reporting phase the Agency shall establish a final inspection report containing details of the conduct of the inspection78.’


draw up, draft, produce, prepare.


Further Reading

  • David Mellinkoff, “Mellinkoff’s Dictionary of American Legal Usage”, West Publishing Company, 1992
  • Bryan A. Garner, “A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage”, West Publishing Company, 1995



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