Definition of ascertain
- ascertain the truth
- trying to ascertain the cause of the fire
- information that can be easily ascertained on the Internet
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find, find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up;
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