Definition of ascertain :
1. 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 metal.
2. To make ( a thing) certain to the mind; to free from obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine.
3. To render ( a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise.
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ascertain (part of speech: verb)
learn (part of speech: verb)
- It was no easy thing to ascertain What kind of goods a ready sale would gain. - "The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales In Verse Together With Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects", Thomas Cowherd.
- Tell me, Tuppy, I asked, for I was anxious to ascertain this, about Angela. - "Right Ho, Jeeves", P. G. Wodehouse.
- You may be sure that I should not be thus urgent had I not taken steps to ascertain that I am right in my judgment. - "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope.