Definition of establishment in English:

establishment

noun

  • 1The action of establishing something or being established.

    ‘the establishment of a scholarship renews that personal interest of donors in students’
    • ‘The party also opposes the establishment of a separate Tamil state and the various devolution packages.’
    • ‘The Council recommended the establishment of an independent tribunal, plus further rights of appeal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1917 the British issued the Balfour Declaration, which advocated the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.’
    • ‘Preventing the establishment of a state religion is quite clearly a permissible goal under Locke.’
    • ‘The plan proposes the establishment of a new village centre at The Quay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wahid proposed the establishment of an independent monitoring commission to work toward peace, but was ousted in July 2001.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last week councils welcomed the establishment of the commission.’
    • ‘Other key pledges include the establishment of crime prevention funds for various neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Product mix and how a retail establishment looks play huge roles in attracting customers.’
    • ‘The waiters and staff of the establishment were clearly not amused.’
    institution, place, premises, foundation, institute
    business, place of business, premises, firm, company, concern, enterprise, venture, organization, operation, undertaking, Industry
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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 makes no difference, which gets elected, they are fundamentally the same and their purpose is to protect the Establishment and capitalism.’
    • ‘But all his kindness has earned him not the thanks of the toffee-nosed British Establishment but their supercilious contempt.’
    • ‘An establishment figure, he has all the airs and graces of his social position.’
    • ‘Establishment politicians don't quite seem to grasp the changes that are sweeping through the country.’
    • ‘Instead, they attacked the Establishment, from all sides.’
    • ‘Establishment figures with titles can talk nonsense and we'll still believe them.’
    • ‘His record as governor is that of a typical, establishment politician.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A whole generation of anti-Establishment activists now works in run-of-the-mill Establishment jobs.’
    • ‘But the new British Establishment hates standards of any kind.’
    • ‘Steve Earle has never really been a member of the Establishment, either socially or professionally.’
    • ‘Beginning in the 1950s, David was to claim a place among the postwar Establishment that ran America and much of the world.’
    • ‘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 is high time someone kicked back at our new Establishment masters.’
    • ‘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. 3.1[with adjective]An influential group within a specified profession or area of activity.
      ‘rumblings of discontent among the medical establishment’
      • ‘Even the political Establishment is starting to understand that.’
      • ‘Once, the family could count on its extensive connections within the Turkish political Establishment.’
      • ‘But the political Establishment are not about to take the blame for the mess - certainly not with elections looming.’
      • ‘My aim is to open the political Establishment's eyes and convince them of the need for fundamental reform.’
      • ‘There's more trouble tonight for the embattled Canberra defence intelligence 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When did the medical establishment get behind this approach?’
      • ‘The entire political and media establishment agrees on the goal of the war.’
      • ‘In the last months, the entire political establishment has plunged into an unprecedented crisis.’
      • ‘The political and bureaucratic Establishment that has so consistently mis-analysed the process of European integration has a related vision.’
      • ‘He was a lukewarm supporter of the war, a voice of the old-line Republican foreign policy establishment.’
      • ‘The attitude of Honduran Americans in general to the American medical establishment is one of suspicion.’
      • ‘The entire Democratic political establishment has abandoned him.’
      • ‘He rejected the proposals as an ultimatum imposed by the British military establishment.’
  • 4The 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.’

Pronunciation:

establishment

/əˈstabliSHmənt/