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Meaning of ASCERTAIN

Pronunciation:  `asur'teyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  learn or discover with certainty
  3. [v]  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"
  4. [v]  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"

ASCERTAIN is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it
 See Also: admeasure, card, cinch, count, cover, cross-check, discover, double-check, enumerate, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, locate, number, numerate, pick up, price, proof, proofread, rectify, redetermine, refract, sequence, situate, spot-check, test, translate, verify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.]

         When the blessed Virgin was so ascertained. --Jer.

         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.

         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.

         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

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

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