Definition of establishment in English:



  • 1The action of establishing something or being established.

    ‘the establishment of a scholarship renews that personal interest of donors in students’
    • ‘Does your party support the establishment of a criminal tribunal to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity in East Timor?’
    • ‘The party also opposes the establishment of a separate Tamil state and the various devolution packages.’
    • ‘The plan proposes the establishment of a new village centre at The Quay.’
    • ‘On 17 August 1945 they heard a radio message from Jakarta announcing the establishment of the Republic of Indonesia.’
    • ‘Other key pledges include the establishment of crime prevention funds for various neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘In 1917 the British issued the Balfour Declaration, which advocated the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.’
    • ‘Last week councils welcomed the establishment of the commission.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He advocated the immediate establishment of an ad hoc reform committee.’
    • ‘China is advocating the establishment of a free-trade zone encompassing China and ASEAN.’
    • ‘Do you support the establishment of a Palestinian state?’
    • ‘Bush also proposed the establishment of a democracy fund within the U.N. in an effort to spread democracy and stability.’
    • ‘Wahid proposed the establishment of an independent monitoring commission to work toward peace, but was ousted in July 2001.’
    • ‘Cosgrove thanked the previous committee for their work and strongly recommended the establishment of a new committee.’
    setting up, start, getting going, initiation, institution, formation, founding, foundation, inception, creation, inauguration, organization, building, construction, installation
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    1. 1.1archaic A marriage.
  • 2A business organization, public institution, or household.

    ‘hotels or catering establishments’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are more than 1.1 million retail establishments across the country, an average of one every three square miles.’
    • ‘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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  • 3A group in a society exercising power and influence over matters of policy or taste, and seen as resisting change.

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

    1. 4.1 The 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.’