ascertain

Ascertain is a verb that means to find out something. You might have to go to the bank to ascertain if there is any money in your account.

This is a formal word that often applies to discovering the facts or truth about something through examination or experimentation. Information that is ascertained is certain beyond a doubt. If you want a less formal synonym, use discover.

DEFINITIONS OF: ascertain

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v learn or discover with certainty

Types:
price
ascertain or learn the price of
Type of:
discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see
get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

v establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

Synonyms:
determine, find, find out
check, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
discover, find
make a discovery, make a new finding
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gauge
determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
translate
determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA
rectify
math: determine the length of
redetermine
fix, find, or establish again
sequence
determine the order of constituents in
refract
determine the refracting power of (a lens)
count, enumerate, number, numerate
determine the number or amount of
admeasure
determine the quantity of someone's share
locate, situate
determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
recount
count again
miscount
count wrongly
census
conduct a census
add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up
determine the sum of
acquire
locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
radiolocate
locate by means of radar
map
locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences
localise, localize, place
identify the location or place of
base
situate as a center of operations

v find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Synonyms:
check, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
determine, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Types:
test
determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

v be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

Synonyms:
assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
check, check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off
put a check mark on or near or next to
check
verify by consulting a source or authority
check, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
control, verify
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
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proof, proofread
read for errors
control
verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
double-check
check once more to be absolutely sure
cross-check
check out conflicting sources; crosscheck facts, for example
cinch
make sure of
card
ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor
spot-check
pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality
cover
maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
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verify
confirm the truth of
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