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  • 1mass noun The action of establishing something or being established.

    ‘the establishment of an independent government’
    • ‘Wahid proposed the establishment of an independent monitoring commission to work toward peace, but was ousted in July 2001.’
    • ‘The Council recommended the establishment of an independent tribunal, plus further rights of appeal.’
    • ‘Preventing the establishment of a state religion is quite clearly a permissible goal under Locke.’
    • ‘Does your party support the establishment of a criminal tribunal to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity in East Timor?’
    • ‘On 17 August 1945 they heard a radio message from Jakarta announcing the establishment of the Republic of Indonesia.’
    • ‘Do you support the establishment of a Palestinian state?’
    • ‘Cosgrove thanked the previous committee for their work and strongly recommended the establishment of a new committee.’
    • ‘Bush also proposed the establishment of a democracy fund within the U.N. in an effort to spread democracy and stability.’
    • ‘The party also opposes the establishment of a separate Tamil state and the various devolution packages.’
    • ‘He advocated the immediate establishment of an ad hoc reform committee.’
    • ‘The plan proposes the establishment of a new village centre at The Quay.’
    • ‘Last week councils welcomed the establishment of the commission.’
    • ‘China is advocating the establishment of a free-trade zone encompassing China and ASEAN.’
    • ‘Other key pledges include the establishment of crime prevention funds for various neighbourhoods.’
    setting up, start, getting going, initiation, institution, formation, founding, foundation, inception, creation, inauguration, organization, building, construction, installation
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    1. 1.1 archaic count noun A marriage.
      • ‘her chief solicitude was to procure an affluent establishment for their daughter’
  • 2A business organization, public institution, or household.

    ‘hotels or catering establishments’
    • ‘There are more than 1.1 million retail establishments across the country, an average of one every three square miles.’
    • ‘Product mix and how a retail establishment looks play huge roles in attracting customers.’
    • ‘It's very nice that your establishment requires their staff to dress up for Halloween.’
    • ‘The waiters and staff of the establishment were clearly not amused.’
    business, place of business, premises, firm, company, concern, enterprise, venture, organization, operation, undertaking, industry
    institution, place, premises, foundation, institute
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  • 3usually the EstablishmentA group in a society exercising power and influence over matters of policy, opinion, or taste, and seen as resisting change.

    ‘he scandalized the Establishment of his day’
    • ‘she became an establishment figure’
    • ‘But the new British Establishment hates standards of any kind.’
    • ‘It is high time someone kicked back at our new Establishment masters.’
    • ‘Beginning in the 1950s, David was to claim a place among the postwar Establishment that ran America and much of the world.’
    • ‘Yet, in many ways, those who lead openly far right parties, even if they are highly articulate, are not the most dangerous for the current British Establishment.’
    • ‘But all his kindness has earned him not the thanks of the toffee-nosed British Establishment but their supercilious contempt.’
    • ‘A whole generation of anti-Establishment activists now works in run-of-the-mill Establishment jobs.’
    • ‘His record as governor is that of a typical, establishment politician.’
    • ‘Establishment politicians don't quite seem to grasp the changes that are sweeping through the country.’
    • ‘An establishment figure, he has all the airs and graces of his social position.’
    • ‘Establishment figures with titles can talk nonsense and we'll still believe them.’
    • ‘1968 was a tumultuous year, not only within the film industry but throughout the world, as social protests and political movements shook the Establishment.’
    • ‘It makes no difference, which gets elected, they are fundamentally the same and their purpose is to protect the Establishment and capitalism.’
    • ‘Instead, they attacked the Establishment, from all sides.’
    • ‘To be sure, no one has ever proved that the government has mined the central database to single out anyone for criticizing the Establishment.’
    • ‘Steve Earle has never really been a member of the Establishment, either socially or professionally.’
    the powers that be, the authorities, the system, the ruling class, the regime, bureaucracy, officialdom
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    1. 3.1with adjective or noun modifier An influential group within a specified profession or area of activity.
      ‘rumblings of discontent among the medical establishment’
      • ‘Once, the family could count on its extensive connections within the Turkish political Establishment.’
      • ‘This sort of history teaching has long been out of fashion among our post-modernist educational establishment.’
      • ‘When did the medical establishment get behind this approach?’
      • ‘Charles Wood's script, which uses a stylised form of period dialogue, offers a waspish satire of the Victorian military Establishment.’
      • ‘The political and bureaucratic Establishment that has so consistently mis-analysed the process of European integration has a related vision.’
      • ‘The entire Democratic political establishment has abandoned him.’
      • ‘In the last months, the entire political establishment has plunged into an unprecedented crisis.’
      • ‘The attitude of Honduran Americans in general to the American medical establishment is one of suspicion.’
      • ‘He was a lukewarm supporter of the war, a voice of the old-line Republican foreign policy establishment.’
      • ‘There's more trouble tonight for the embattled Canberra defence intelligence establishment.’
      • ‘He rejected the proposals as an ultimatum imposed by the British military establishment.’
      • ‘The entire political and media establishment agrees on the goal of the war.’
      • ‘Even the political Establishment is starting to understand that.’
      • ‘My aim is to open the political Establishment's eyes and convince them of the need for fundamental reform.’
      • ‘This whole episode really does display the timidity of the mainstream media, more interested in striking deals with the political Establishment rather than interrogating and attacking it.’
      • ‘But the political Establishment are not about to take the blame for the mess - certainly not with elections looming.’
  • 4the Establishment or the Church EstablishmentThe ecclesiastical system organized by law.

    1. 4.1The Church of England or of Scotland.
      • ‘If one out of ten English parishes were unattended to by ministers of the Establishment, nine out of ten souls in the islands were not served at all by its clergy.’



/ɪˈstablɪʃm(ə)nt/ /ɛˈstablɪʃm(ə)nt/