Ascertain and Tell


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Ascertain verb – To come to an awareness of.
Tell is a synonym for ascertain in make sure topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Ascertain".
Nearby Words: ascertainment, ascertaining
Synonyms for Ascertain


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Ascertain is a synonym for tell in activity topic. Sometimes you can use "Ascertain" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as understand.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

people ascertain people tell people
truth ascertain truth tell truth
future ascertain future tell future
location ascertain location tell location
Other nouns: gender.

Both words in one sentence

  • In the prequel, they use a different test that can't tell who is a Thing, but can ascertain who isn't: it can't replicate inorganics.
  • Webcomic / Misfile One Dialogue, Two Conversations: "Man, I wish Ash didn't tell me you were gay." Only Six Faces: Slightly averted with the main characters, but when it comes to minor characters there can be much confusion as readers try to ascertain their identity.
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