Definition: find out for certain; make certain
Definition: find out for certain; make certain
Sentences Containing 'ascertain'
``Is it the immediate object of this confidence, that you may at once ascertain that, with my knowledge?''
As to the nature of the case, our confidence in your skill assures us that you will ascertain it for yourself better than we can describe it.
``Yes; these four evenings have enabled them to ascertain that they both like Vingt un better than Commerce; but with respect to any other leading characteristic, I do not imagine that much has been unfolded.''
It is said that Mirabeau took to highway robbery``to ascertain what degree of resolution was necessary in order to place one's self in formal opposition to the most sacred laws of society.''
It was easy to ascertain this; but how could he risk the question?
Dantes wished to ascertain whether his neighbor had really ceased to work.
As he saw the abbe rise from his seat and go towards the door, as though to ascertain if his horse were sufficiently refreshed to continue his journey, Caderousse and his wife exchanged looks of deep meaning.
Neither had he neglected to ascertain the name of the piece to be played that night at the Teatro Argentino, and also what performers appeared in it.
replied Franz;``we shall ascertain who and what he is he comes!''
My intention was, if Caderousse was alone, to acquaint him with my presence, finish the meal the custom house officers had interrupted, and profit by the threatened storm to return to the Rhone, and ascertain the state of our vessel and its crew.
``Well, sir, by the help of two signs, with which I will acquaint you presently, you may ascertain with perfect certainty that my grandfather is still in the full possession of all his mental faculties.
``In less than one week from this time I will ascertain who this M. de Monte Cristo is, whence he comes, where he goes, and why he speaks in our presence of children that have been disinterred in a garden.''
``Your probity,''replied the stranger,``is so well known to the prefect that he wishes as a magistrate to ascertain from you some particulars connected with the public safety, to ascertain which I am deputed to see you.
This was all the visitor wished to ascertain, or, rather, all the Englishman appeared to know.
``You are right, Valentine; but how shall I ascertain?''
I remember well that the oars made no noise whatever in striking the water, and when I leaned over to ascertain the cause I saw that they were muffled with the sashes of our Palikares.
Andrea examined it carefully, to ascertain if the letter had been opened, or if any indiscreet eyes had seen its contents; but it was so carefully folded, that no one could have read it, and the seal was perfect.
Monte Cristo was eager to ascertain the strength and number of his enemies.
``Sir,''said he to Danglars,``understand that I do not take a final leave of you; I must ascertain if your insinuations are just, and am going now to inquire of the Count of Monte Cristo.''
Danglars looked at him askance, as though to ascertain whether he spoke seriously.
All of them are equally meant to ascertain, by means of a public stamp, the quantity and uniform goodness of those different commodities when brought to market.
It is often difficult to ascertain the proportion between two different quantities of labour.
They have risen, too, considerably since that time, though, on account of the greater variety of wages paid there in different places, it is more difficult to ascertain how much.
All indications, it is acknowledged, are doubtful; and the actual discovery and successful working of a new mine can alone ascertain the reality of its value, or even of its existence.
It has since received three very capital improvements, besides, probably, many smaller ones, of which it may be difficult to ascertain either the number or the importance.
It might, and it frequently was proposed, that he should regulate and ascertain them.
In what proportion this final payment would be divided between them, it is not, perhaps, very easy to ascertain.
In order to ascertain how many hearths were in the house, it was necessary that the tax-gatherer should enter every room in it.
It might, perhaps, be a little difficult to ascertain either what sort, or what degree of absence, would subject a man to be taxed as an absentee, or at what precise time the tax should either begin or end.
I have taken some pains to ascertain the degree of fertility of some of the complex crosses of Rhododendrons, and I am assured that many of them are perfectly fertile.
I have taken much pains to ascertain how far they apply to animals, and, considering how scanty our knowledge is in regard to hybrid animals, I have been surprised to find how generally the same rules apply to both kingdoms.
The shepherds came up, and felt sure they had killed him; so in all haste they collected their flock together, took up the dead beasts, of which there were more than seven, and made off without waiting to ascertain anything further.
We pointed out to him the window at which the reed appeared, and he by that means took note of the house, and resolved to ascertain with particular care who lived in it.
He asked their advice as to what means he should adopt to make himself known, or to ascertain beforehand whether, when he had made himself known, his brother, seeing him so poor, would be ashamed of him, or would receive him with a warm heart.
I waited, in the utmost impatience, until my mother came home from Mrs. Grayper's (for it was that identical neighbour), to ascertain if we could get leave to carry out this great idea.
Looking out to ascertain for what, I saw, to MY amazement, Peggotty burst from a hedge and climb into the cart.
I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and Counties Bank.
I tried to ascertain whether Mr. Dick had any understanding of the causes of this sudden and great change in my aunt's affairs.
He got up to ascertain if the door were close shut, before he replied, in a lower voice: 'My dear Copperfield, a man who labours under the pressure of pecuniary embarrassments, is, with the generality of people, at a disadvantage.
They soon ascertain that the murdered man was Hector Duroy, a messenger sent by the minister to take an important message concerning the Emperor's movements to the Man in Grey.
In recent years, scientific research has been undertaken to ascertain the validity of claims of mediumship.
HitDynamics is a provider of web analytics software allowing website owners to track traffic to their sites and ascertain which traffic sources deliver conversions to sales.
The Dui Hua foundation notes that it is impossible to ascertain whether these guidelines are closely followed, as the method of execution is rarely specified in published reports.
A reconnaissance party was sent into Troarn to ascertain the status of the bridge there, alongside a party of sappers, which came under fire from a house near the bridge.
No census has been carried out to ascertain the ethnicity of the people of Azad Kashmir.
The factual matrices of each case are relevant as the backdrop against which to ascertain whether or not public confidence in the administration of justice has been undermined.
As a result of the lack of formal registration and structure, it is difficult to ascertain with some degree of certainty, the number of Bahá'ís in China.
Self was unable to ascertain at what point the (soft "g") pronunciation became accepted, but as of 1995 current practice had returned to (hard "g").
During this stage, the fit of the cognitive model relative to observed examinee responses is evaluated to ascertain the appropriateness of the model to explain test performance.
Investigate the matter and ascertain the truth of the statement.
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draconian - extremely severe; Ex. draconian punishment; CF. Draco: Athenian politician
ostracize - banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friends ostracized him. N. ostracism
brackish - somewhat saline
exploit - brave and successful act; deed or action, particularly a brave deed; CF. crossing the Atlantic ocean
devotee - enthusiastic follower; enthusiast; Ex. devotee of Bach
seethe - be violently disturbed; boil; (of a liquid) move about wildly as if boiling; Ex. The nation was seething with discontent.
anomalous - abnormal; irregular
harbinger - forerunner (which foreshadows what is to come)
cerebration - thought; working of the brain