ascertain - definition and synonyms

 
verb [intransitive/transitive] formal 

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

/ˌæsə(r)ˈteɪn/
present tense
I/you/we/theyascertain
he/she/itascertains
present participleascertaining
past tenseascertained
past participleascertained
  1. to find out something

    Police are trying to ascertain the facts of the case.

    ascertain whether/what/how etc:

    We need to ascertain whether the project is feasible.

    ascertain that:

    The police have ascertained that he knew the victim.

    ascertain from:

    This much could easily be ascertained from the newspapers.

    ascertain the cause/nature/extent of something:

    Experts were unable to ascertain the cause of the accident.