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ascertain
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Definition
find out, learn, or determine with certainty (usually by making an effort)
  • I therefore, though with great prudence, commenced early to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition, and to imbue their minds with thoughts of freedom.
    Chapter 10 (62% in)
  • The colonel, after ascertaining where the slave belonged, rode on; the man also went on about his business, not dreaming that he had been conversing with his master.
    Chapter 3 (62% in)
  • The slaveholders have been known to send in spies among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition.
    Chapter 3 (74% in)
  • We had been in jail scarcely twenty minutes, when a swarm of slave traders, and agents for slave traders, flocked into jail to look at us, and to ascertain if we were for sale.
    Chapter 10 (81% in)
  • And after taunting us in various ways, they one by one went into an examination of us, with intent to ascertain our value.
    Chapter 10 (81% in)
  • We were encouraged to do this by two excellent gentlemen, residents of New Bedford, whose names I afterward ascertained to be Joseph Ricketson and William C. Taber.
    Chapter 11 (63% in)

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