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ascertain
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

3 uses
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Definition
find out, learn, or determine with certainty (usually by making an effort)
  • Returning along the garden path Tess mused on what the mother could have wished to ascertain from the book on this particular day.
    1 — The Maiden (24% in)
  • In spite of the unpleasant initiation of the day before, Tess inclined to the freedom and novelty of her new position in the morning when the sun shone, now that she was once installed there; and she was curious to test her powers in the unexpected direction asked of her, so as to ascertain her chance of retaining her post.
    1 — The Maiden (76% in)
  • Now, if you will promise to wait beside the horse while I walk through the bushes till I come to some road or house, and ascertain exactly our whereabouts, I'll deposit you here willingly.
    1 — The Maiden (96% in)

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