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ascertain
used in War and Peace

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Definition
find out, learn, or determine with certainty (usually by making an effort)
  • He went up to him, took his hand (a thing he never used to do), and drew it downwards as if wishing to ascertain whether it was firmly fixed on.
    Book One — 1805 (71% in)
  • Prince Andrew apparently knew this as well as Tikhon; he looked at his watch as if to ascertain whether his father's habits had changed since he was at home last, and, having assured himself that they had not, he turned to his wife.
    Book One — 1805 (86% in)
  • Valuev was confidentially telling that Uvarov had been sent from Petersburg to ascertain what Moscow was thinking about Austerlitz.
    Book Four — 1806 (24% in)
  • She was expecting Prince Andrew any moment and twice that day sent a manservant to the Vozdvizhenka to ascertain whether he had come.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (53% in)
  • What theory and science is possible about a matter the conditions and circumstances of which are unknown and cannot be defined, especially when the strength of the acting forces cannot be ascertained?
    Book Nine — 1812 (50% in)
  • Berthier approached and suggested that they should ride along the line to ascertain the position of affairs.
    Book Ten — 1812 (89% in)
  • Owing to the rapidity of the French flight and the Russian pursuit and the consequent exhaustion of the horses, the chief means of approximately ascertaining the enemy's position—by cavalry scouting—was not available.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (86% in)

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