〈他動〉1. (=つきとめる) to ascertain, make sure of, assure oneself of, convince oneself of, satisfy oneself of (a fact); to see (if it is true)
◆この事実は確かめたから間違いない I have ascertained the fact―made sure of the fact―convinced myself of the fact.
◆実否を確かめなければならぬ I must make sure of the truth―convince myself of the truth―satisfy myself of the truth.
◆実否を確かめて来よう I will go and ascertain the truth―see if it is true.
◆実検によって確かめる to convince oneself by personal inspection
◆実検して確かめなければ信じられぬ I must see for myself.
◆万事間違いないことを確かめた I assured myself that all was right―I saw that all was well.
2. (=確実にする) to confirm (a report); to corroborate (a statement); to establish (a fact); to verify (an account); to authenticate (the news)
◆これは確かめられた事実だ This is an established fact.
◆この報道はまだ確かめられない The report is not yet confirmed―The report wants confirmation.
◆新聞の記事を確かめる必要がある We must verify the accounts in the papers.
◆僕の言うことを確かめる事実がある There are facts in corroboration of my statement.