ascertain

  • 1 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

  • 2 ascertain — 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,… …

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  • 3 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

  • 4 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 …

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  • 5 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,… …

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 ascertain — v. 1) (L) she ascertained that fraud had been committed 2) (Q) can you ascertain who he is? * * * [ˌæsə teɪn] (0) can you ascertain who he is? (L) she ascertained that fraud had been committed …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 ascertain — verb (I, T) formal to find out if a fact that you think is true is really true: The police were never able to ascertain the true facts. (+ how/when/why etc): He could not ascertain where the clouds ended and the snow covered rocks began.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 ascertain — ascertainable, adj. ascertainably, adv. ascertainer, n. ascertainment, n. /as euhr tayn /, v.t. 1. to find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance; determine: to ascertain the facts. 2. Archaic. to make certain, clear, or definitely… …

    Universalium

  • 15 ascertain — verb /æsəˈteɪn,æsɚˈteɪn/ To find out; to discover or establish. As soon as we ascertain what the situation is, we can plan how to proceed. Syn: determine, discover, establish, find out …

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  • 16 ascertain — verb Ascertain is used with these nouns as the object: ↑authenticity, ↑fact …

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  • 17 ascertain — verb first let s ascertain when it was that you last saw Vince Syn: find out, discover, get to know, work out, make out, fathom, learn, deduce, divine, discern, see, understand, comprehend; establish, determine, verify, confirm; figure out …

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  • 18 ascertain — [ˌæsəˈteɪn] verb [T] formal to find out something Police are trying to ascertain the facts of the case.[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 ascertain — /æsəˈteɪn / (say asuh tayn) verb (t) to find out by trial, examination, or experiment, so as to know as certain; determine. {Middle English ascertain, from Old French ascertener make certain, from a a 5 + certain certain} –ascertainable,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 ascertain — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English acertainen to inform, give assurance to, from Anglo French acerteiner, from a (from Latin ad ) + certein, certain certain Date: 15th century 1. archaic to make certain, exact, or precise 2. to fin …

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