Ascertain

Definition of Ascertain

As`cer`tain´
v. t.1.To render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise.
[imp. & p. p. Ascertained ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Ascertaining.]
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.
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.

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