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There should be a public inquiry to ascertain the facts. The Sun (2016)It is merely to ascertain some facts. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It was a long shot but might be worth the effort, at least to ascertain the facts. Broken Lives (1993)A post mortem examination will be performed today to ascertain the cause of death. Times, Sunday Times (2011)If a teacher wants to ascertain whether in fact learning has taken place, she has to measure this change. Educational Psychology in a Changing World (1988)You will need to ascertain exactly why an individual isn't performing well enough and then choose the correct procedure. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Considering all factors and facts to ascertain the economic reality here, the plaintiff constituted an employee of the church alone. Christianity Today (2000)Committee members were unable to ascertain exactly which pollutants had done what, but identified the mine as the source of the trouble. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)A post-mortem failed to ascertain cause of death. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I was an investigative journalist and set out to ascertain the facts about violence in South Africa. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Just by looking at this data... I can ascertain exactly what has happened on each pit stop. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Further afield, where planes are still incredibly loud, it is impossible to ascertain the extent to which properties will suffer from noise blight. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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British English: ascertain VERB
If you ascertain the truth about something, you find out what it is, especially by making a deliberate effort to do so.
An investigation has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
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