I verb acquire information, acquire intelligence about, adjudge, arrive at a conclusion, assure oneself, become acquainted with, certify, clear from obscurity, clear of doubt, clear of obscurity, cognoscere, come to a conclusion, come to know, comperire, conclude, confirm, decide, decipher, deduce, derive, descry, determine, discover, disentangle, draw a conclusion, establish, establish with certainty, explorare, fathom, ferret out, figure out, find, find out, find out exactly, find the answer, find the solution, learn about, make certain, make oneself acquainted with, make sure, prove, ravel, reassure oneself, remove doubt, render certain, render definite, resolve, satisfy oneself, solve, unearth, unravel, unriddle, unscramble, untangle, verify associated concepts: ascertain loss, ascertained by law II index assess (appraise), bear (adduce), decide, deduce, deduct (conclude by reasoning), determine, discern (detect with the senses), discover, distinguish, elucidate, ensure, establish (show), find (determine), find (discover), fix (settle), gauge, hold (decide), judge, notice (observe), prove, recognize (perceive), resolve (decide), rule (decide), settle, solve

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  • 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.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascertain — (v.) early 15c., to inform, to give assurance, from Anglo Fr. acerteiner, O.Fr. acertener to assure, certify (13c.), from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + certain certain (see CERTAIN (Cf. certain)). Modern meaning of find out for sure by experiment or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ascertain — determine, *discover, unearth, learn Analogous words: inquire, query, interrogate, *ask: study, contemplate, weigh, *consider: observe, survey (see SEE) Contrasted words: *conjecture, surmise, guess: presume, assume (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ascertain — [v] make sure catch on, check, check out*, check up on*, confirm, determine, dig*, discover, divine, double check*, establish, eye*, eyeball*, find out, fix, get down cold*, get down pat*, get hold of*, get it down*, get the hang of*, identify,… …   New thesaurus

  • ascertain — ► VERB ▪ find out for certain. DERIVATIVES ascertainable adjective ascertainment noun. ORIGIN Old French acertener, from Latin certus settled, sure …   English terms dictionary

  • ascertain — [as΄ər tān′] vt. [ME acertainen < OFr acertainer < a , to + certain, CERTAIN] 1. Archaic to make certain or definite 2. to find out with certainty SYN. LEARN ascertainable adj. ascertainment n …   English World dictionary

  • ascertain */ — UK [ˌæsə(r)ˈteɪn] / US [ˌæsərˈteɪn] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms ascertain : present tense I/you/we/they ascertain he/she/it ascertains present participle ascertaining past tense ascertained past participle ascertained formal to find …   English dictionary

  • ascertain — as|cer|tain [ ,æsər teın ] verb intransitive or transitive FORMAL * to find out something: I am simply trying to ascertain the facts of the case. ascertain whether/what/how etc.: We need to ascertain whether the project is feasible. ascertain… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ascertain — as|cer|tain [ˌæsəˈteın US ˌæsər ] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: acertainer, from certain] formal to find out something ▪ A postmortem was ordered to try to ascertain the cause of death. ascertain whether/what/how etc ▪ Tests …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ascertain — [[t]æ̱sə(r)te͟ɪn[/t]] ascertains, ascertaining, ascertained VERB If you ascertain the truth about something, you find out what it is, especially by making a deliberate effort to do so. [FORMAL] [V n] Through doing this, the teacher will be able… …   English dictionary

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