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1 the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club" [syn: constitution, formation, organization, organisation]
2 an organization founded and united for a specific purpose [syn: institution]
3 the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment" [syn: administration, governance, governing body, brass, organization, organisation]
4 a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
5 any large organization
6 (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat [syn: ecesis]
7 the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof [syn: validation]

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  1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining; settlement; confirmation.
    Since their establishment of the company in 1984, they have grown into a global business.
  2. The state of being established, founded, etc.; fixed state.
    The firm celebrated twenty years since their establishment by updating their look.
  3. That which is established; as a form of government, a permanent organization, business or force, or the place where one is permanently fixed for residence.
    Pedro's is a fine establishment serving a variety of delicious food.
    Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment.
  4. The establishment: the ruling class or authority group in a society; especially, an entrenched authority dedicated to preserving the status quo.
    It's often necessary to question the establishment to get things done.


the act of establishing
the state of being established
that which is established
slang: the ruling class or authority group

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