Identity vs Ascertain - What's the difference?

identity | ascertain |


As a noun identity

is sameness, identicalness; the quality or fact of (several specified things) being the same.

As a verb ascertain is

to find out definitely; to discover or establish.

identity

Noun

(identities)
  • Sameness, identicalness; the quality or fact of (several specified things) being the same.
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  • The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.
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  • A name or persona—the mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known.
  • This criminal has taken on several identities .
  • Sense of who one is.
  • I've been through so many changes, I have no sense of identity .
    This nation has a strong identity .
  • (algebra, computing) Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.
  • (algebra) An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element.
  • Synonyms

    * selfhood * identity function

    Derived terms

    * additive identity * identity card * identity of indiscernibles * identity theft * law of identity * left identity * mistaken identity * multiplicative identity * personal identity * quasiidentity * right identity

    ascertain

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To find out definitely; to discover or establish.
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    As soon as we ascertain what the situation is, we can plan how to proceed.

    Synonyms

    * determine * discover * establish * find out * learn * work out

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