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established definition


This page has 5 definitions of established in English. Established is a verb and adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



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  • IPA(key): /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃt/
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  • Hyphenation: es‧tab‧lished



  1. simple past and past participle of establish


established (comparative more established, superlative most established)

  1. Having been in existence for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted.
  2. Of a religion, church etc.: formally recognized by a state as being official within that area.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 731:
      Anglicanism did manage to strengthen its position in the southern English American colonies after Charles II's restoration (even in cosmopolitan New York), gaining established status in six out of the eventual thirteen.
  3. Of any social or economic entity: part of the establishment (groups with socioeconomic power).
  4. (Model, procedure, disease) Explicitly defined, described or recognized as a reference.


  • estd. (abbreviation)
  • (generally accepted and/or formally recognized): trite

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