Definition: find out for certain; make certain
Definition: find out for certain; make certain
Sentences Containing 'ascertain'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danglars looked at him askance, as though to ascertain whether he spoke seriously.
Dantes wished to ascertain whether his neighbor had really ceased to work.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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 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.
I tried to ascertain whether Mr. Dick had any understanding of the causes of this sudden and great change in my aunt's affairs.
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.
In order to ascertain how many hearths were in the house, it was necessary that the tax-gatherer should enter every room in it.
In recent years, scientific research has been undertaken to ascertain the validity of claims of mediumship.
In what proportion this final payment would be divided between them, it is not, perhaps, very easy to ascertain.
Investigate the matter and ascertain the truth of the statement.
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 is often difficult to ascertain the proportion between two different quantities of labour.
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 might, and it frequently was proposed, that he should regulate and ascertain them.
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.
It was easy to ascertain this; but how could he risk the question?
Looking out to ascertain for what, I saw, to MY amazement, Peggotty burst from a hedge and climb into the cart.
Monte Cristo was eager to ascertain the strength and number of his enemies.
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.
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.
No census has been carried out to ascertain the ethnicity of the people of Azad Kashmir.
replied Franz;``we shall ascertain who and what he is he comes!''
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was all the visitor wished to ascertain, or, rather, all the Englishman appeared to know.
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.
``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.''
``Is it the immediate object of this confidence, that you may at once ascertain that, with my knowledge?''
``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.''
``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.
``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.''
``You are right, Valentine; but how shall I ascertain?''
``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.
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