What does ascertain mean?

Definitions for ascertain
ˌæs ərˈteɪnas·cer·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. determine, find, find out, ascertainverb

    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"

  2. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assureverb

    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"

  3. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learnverb

    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"

  4. ascertainverb

    learn or discover with certainty

Wiktionary

  1. ascertainverb

    To find out definitely; to discover or establish.

    As soon as we ascertain what the situation is, we can plan how to proceed.

    Etymology: From acertener, from (a- + certener, from the adjective certain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascertainverb

    to render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise

    Etymology: [OF. acertener; a (L. ad) + certain. See Certain.]

  2. Ascertainverb

    to make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine

    Etymology: [OF. acertener; a (L. ad) + certain. See Certain.]

  3. Ascertainverb

    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

    Etymology: [OF. acertener; a (L. ad) + certain. See Certain.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ascertain

    as-sėr-tān′, v.t. to determine: to obtain certain knowledge of: (rare) to insure, certify, make certain.—adj. Ascertain′able.—n. Ascertain′ment. [O. Fr. acertener. See Certain.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascertain in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascertain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ascertain in a Sentence

  1. Giorgio Gruppioni:

    What we hope is sophisticated techniques will eventually allow us to extract and analyze and compare the DNA to be able to ascertain that genetically these are the remains of Lisa Gherardini.

  2. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso:

    Rather than being swayed just by superficial market moves, I believe it's important to ascertain China's structural issues behind them, i think it's beneficial to hold a frank debate at G20 on what is happening in Chinese economy.

  3. The BEA spokesman:

    At this point in time, the BEA is studying the information on the airplane part found in La Reunion, in coordination with our Malaysian and Australian colleagues, and with the judicial authorities, the part has not yet been identified and it is not possible at this hour to ascertain whether the part is from a B777 and/or from MH370.

  4. Das Gracas:

    I tried to ascertain where they lived, what their families were like, i kept watch on their houses and then after a while went there at dawn, waited for my chance and entered.

  5. Jeff Sessions:

    I will forward to appropriate DOJ components all information I receive from Congress regarding this. I am determined that we will fully and fairly ascertain the truth, we work for the American people and are accountable to them and those they have elected. We will meet that responsibility.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. handsome
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    • C. occasional
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