Establishment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt|  American pronunciation of the word establishment
Brit.  |ɪˈstablɪʃm(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word establishment


- the act of forming or establishing something(syn: constitution, formation, organisation, organization)
- an organization founded and united for a specific purpose (syn: institution)
- the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something(syn: administration, brass, governance, organisation, organization)
- a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
- any large organization
- (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat (syn: ecesis)
- the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof (syn: validation)


the establishment of a scientific fact

His novels were disliked by the literary establishment.

Shops and other commercial establishments remain closed today.

The establishment of the regional government did not end terrorism.

Shopkeepers would once have been pillars of the Tory establishment.

Commercial establishments remain closed today.

it was the establishment of his reputation

he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment

He was nothing but a spineless lackey of the establishment.

He rejected the orthodoxies of the scientific establishment.

The defeat of the army was followed by the establishment of constitutional government.

Young people are supposed to rebel against the Establishment.

The public is treated with contempt by the art establishment.

Darwin's theory rocked the scientific establishment to its foundations.

The medical establishment is taking healing increasingly seriously.

Word forms

singular: establishment
plural: establishments
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