Ascertain

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ascertain \As'cer*tain"\, verb (used with an object) [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. Taylor.

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. --Hooker.

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. --Smollett.

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 metal.

He was there only for the purpose of ascertaining whether a descent on England was practicable. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ascertain

verb

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" [syn: {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" [syn: {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" [syn: {determine}, {check}, {find out}, {see}, {ascertain}, {watch}, {learn}]

4: learn or discover with certainty


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