What does ascertain mean?

Definitions for ascertain
ˌæs ərˈteɪnas·cer·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. determine, find, find out, ascertain(verb)

    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, assure(verb)

    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, learn(verb)

    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. ascertain(verb)

    learn or discover with certainty

Wiktionary

  1. ascertain(Verb)

    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. Ascertain(verb)

    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. Ascertain(verb)

    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. Ascertain(verb)

    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.]

Anagrams for ascertain »

  1. Cartesian, cartesian, craniates, intracase, sectarian

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How to say ascertain in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Lorella Praeli:

    In the Warrant Service Officer( WSO) program, as it is called, sheriffs deputies would receive one day of training. Unlike the more involved 287( g) ICE program, deputies would not interview a detainee to ascertain his or her citizenship and immigration status. Instead, they essentially would file a federal warrant, directing the local jail to hold a criminal alien for 48 hours after the scheduled release until an ICE agent shows up to take custody. It is cheaper and may allow sheriffs to act without violating sanctuary laws. Expect blowback and scrutiny from opponents. This program is just the latest scheme by ICE to enlist local police in its abusive deportation agenda, the agency explicitly aims to subvert the will of local communities that have passed ordinances to prevent exactly this kind of cooperation between police and ICE.

  4. Steve Cohen:

    I'd certainly vote for it. Whether it's prudent or not is not for me to ascertain, i think it's the right thing to do.

  5. Randy Gerardes:

    But it's difficult to ascertain exactly how much activity that will stimulate or how much revenue.

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