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ascertain
used in Sense and Sensibility

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Definition
find out, learn, or determine with certainty (usually by making an effort)
  • You have already ascertained Mr. Willoughby's opinion in almost every matter of importance.
    Chapter 10 (25% in)
  • She rather suspected it to be so, on the very first evening of their being together, from his listening so attentively while she sang to them; and when the visit was returned by the Middletons' dining at the cottage, the fact was ascertained by his listening to her again.
    Chapter 8 (14% in)
  • Marianne's eagerness to be gone declared her dependence on finding him there; and Elinor was resolved not only upon gaining every new light as to his character which her own observation or the intelligence of others could give her, but likewise upon watching his behaviour to her sister with such zealous attention, as to ascertain what he was and what he meant, before many meetings had taken place.
    Chapter 26 (10% in)
  • But if she DID, the letter was written and sent away with a privacy which eluded all her watchfulness to ascertain the fact.
    Chapter 27 (11% in)

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