Ascertained



to find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance; determine:
to ascertain the facts.
Archaic. to make certain, clear, or definitely known.
Contemporary Examples

“This is hours old and the full facts are still to be ascertained as those involved are debriefed,” officials said.
Day 2: Breaking News About Osama bin Laden’s Death The Daily Beast May 2, 2011

Historical Examples

He had ascertained, beyond all question, that it emptied its flood into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

This remained to be ascertained in exploring that river upwards.
Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia Thomas Mitchell

The sensation produced in the country has not yet been ascertained, but it is sure to be immense.
The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville

The precise occasion of this offence cannot, and need not, be ascertained.
Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I Francis Augustus Cox

The volume of flow can be ascertained from the depth in the gauging chamber.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1 Various

From all who are about me, you are certain (I have ascertained it) of a generous welcome.
Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens

Sheriff Cook flatly refused to hand it over until it was ascertained whether it justly belonged to Foulk.
Hands Up; or Thirty-Five Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains D. J. Cook

The truth, as in most questions of history, remains for ever in the balance, and cannot be ascertained.
Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore

Has then the actual history of the World’s Creation been ascertained from some other independent and infallible source?
Inspiration and Interpretation John Burgon

verb (transitive)
to determine or discover definitely
(archaic) to make certain
v.

early 15c., “to inform, to give assurance,” from Anglo-French acerteiner, Old French acertener “to assure, certify” (13c.), from a “to” (see ad-) + certain “certain” (see certain). Modern meaning of “find out for sure by experiment or investigation” is first attested 1794. Related: Ascertained; ascertaining.

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