I was always completely comfortable with this word, until I ran across it today while copy editing a sentence that started like this: "Now that you’ve ascertained that the ocean-view room you reserved does indeed have an ocean view ..."To me, "ascertain" connotes a somewhat lengthy and difficult process of investigation -- like you have to work a little to find out what you want to know. So it seemed a bad word choice in the sentence. I mean, to find out whether your hotel room has an ocean view, all you have to do is look up or maybe take three steps toward the window. I wanted to change "ascertained" to "confirmed." But first I looked it up.From American Heritage at dictionary.com: ascertain. To discover with certainty, as through examination or experimentation. See Synonyms at discover.Ignoring my gut feeling, I left the passage unchanged.
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Planned Parenthood, ClimateCrisis.net, the Richard Dawkins Foundation, Pet Orphans of Southern California, KIVA