Thesaurus

ascertain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ascertain

  1. 1 to come to an awareness of was immediately able to ascertain that the girl was uncomfortable talking about her life at home Synonyms of ascertain discover, catch on (to), find out, get on (to), hear, learn, realize, see, wise (up)Words Related to ascertain hit (on or upon), tumble (to); descry, detect, encounter, espy, see, spot; calculate, dope (out), figure out, find, puzzle (out); discern, mind, note, observe, perceive; divineNear Antonyms of ascertain miss, overlook; disregard, ignore; forget, unlearn; blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, cover, curtain, enshroud, hide, mask, occult, screen, shroud, veil

  2. 2 to come upon after searching, study, or effort ascertained that their old colonial-era house had once functioned as a tavern Synonyms of ascertain find, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), 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 upWords Related to ascertain espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seekNear Antonyms of ascertain lose, mislay, misplace, missetAntonyms of ascertain miss, overlook, pass over

Synonym Discussion of ascertain

discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter.
    • discovered the source of the river
ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty.
    • attempts to ascertain the population of the region
determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely.
    • unable to determine the origin of the word
unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden.
    • unearth old records
learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice.
    • I learned her name only today
    • learning Greek


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