establish

establish
verb (T)
1 to start a company, organization, system, situation etc that is intended to exist or continue for a long time: My grandfather established the family business in 1938.
2 to find out facts that will prove that something is true: Attorneys are trying to establish the validity of his claim. | establish that: It has been firmly established that she was not there at the time of the crime. | establish a link/connection: establishing a link between ozone depletion and the use of CFC gases
3 to make people accept that you can do something, or that you have a particular quality: establish yourself as/in: They have established themselves as the most powerful political party in the country.
4 establish links/contacts/trust etc to start having a relationship with someone or to start discussions with them: We decided to try and establish contacts with similar groups in the US.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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