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ascertain

as·cer·tain

ascertain

 
 
pronunciation:
ae sr teIn
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ascertained, ascertaining, ascertains
definition: to come to know (some information) with complete certainty, especially through a process of investigation; determine.
The medical examiner has not yet ascertained the cause of death.Somehow the press ascertained that the prince had plans to marry.The police are trying to ascertain how the thief entered the building.
synonyms:
determine
similar words:
confirm, discern, discover, distinguish, establish, fathom, find out, learn, pin down, substantiate, unearth, verify
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derivations: ascertainable (adj.), ascertainably (adv.), ascertainment (n.)
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