Definition of ascertain in English:
Find (something) out for certain; make sure of: an attempt to ascertain the cause of the accident [with clause]: management should ascertain whether adequate funding can be provided
More example sentences
- A second objective was to attempt to ascertain the limits to survival in terms of loss of conductivity.
- It would be appreciated if you would ascertain this information in a timely manner.
- Much effort has been expended in attempting to ascertain a precise antecedent to the trust in other laws.
find out, discover, get to know, work out, make out, fathom, learn, deduce, divine, discern, see, understand, comprehend;
establish, determine, verify, confirm;
- Example sentences
- The common law is not always clear, but in most fields it is reasonably ascertainable.
- He added that he would have given the cause of death as not ascertainable.
- Even then it would not derive from any objectively ascertainable standard or consensus within a recognised profession.
- Example sentences
- We do not know how these subjects were selected or anything about the ascertainment of diagnosis or any other aspect of the design of the study.
- Regardless of the opinions, however, the application of ascertainment and discernment require readers to discuss the book critically.
- It allows the activation and communication of feelings which the mere ascertainment and manipulation of those circumstances and conditions would not evoke.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'assure, convince'): from Old French acertener, based on Latin certus 'settled, sure'.
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