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English Dictionary: ascertain by the DICT Development Group
2 results for ascertain
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
    Synonym(s): determine, find, find out, ascertain
  2. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
    Synonym(s): see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure
  3. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
    Synonym(s): determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn
  4. learn or discover with certainty
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ascertain \As`cer*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ascertained}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Ascertaining}.] [OF. acertener; a (L. ad) +
      certain. See {Certain}.]
      1. To render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to
            make confident; to assure; to apprise. [Obs.]
                     When the blessed Virgin was so ascertained. --Jer.
                     Muncer assured them that the design was approved of
                     by Heaven, and that the Almighty had in a dream
                     ascertained him of its effects.         --Robertson.
      2. To make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from
            obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to
            determine. [Archaic]
                     The divine law . . . ascertaineth the truth.
                     The very deferring [of his execution] shall increase
                     and ascertain the condemnation.         --Jer. Taylor.
                     The ministry, in order to ascertain a majority . . .
                     persuaded the queen to create twelve new peers.
                     The mildness and precision of their laws ascertained
                     the rule and measure of taxation.      --Gibbon.
      3. To find out or learn for a certainty, by trial,
            examination, or experiment; to get to know; as, to
            ascertain the weight of a commodity, or the purity of a
                     He was there only for the purpose of ascertaining
                     whether a descent on England was practicable.
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