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[uh-vur] /əˈvɜr/
verb (used with object), averred, averring.
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
Law. to allege as a fact.
Origin of aver
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French averer < Medieval Latin advērāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + -vēr- (< Latin vērus true) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
Related forms
misaver, verb (used with object), misaverred, misaverring.
preaver, verb (used with object), preaverred, preaverring.
unaverred, adjective
Synonym Study
See maintain. Unabridged
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  • He was at the moment a graceful and silencing rebuke to those who aver that manner and attire be interdependent.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But doth he aver that his people were used to plant fish with the corn?

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • Indeed she felt, whatever the Demoiselle might aver, that little option would be given her in the matter.

    A Clerk of Oxford Evelyn Everett-Green
  • It would hardly be correct to aver that I had got it even partly.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • You aver that none of you are, mesdames, and we would not call your word in question.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • There will be they who aver that truth is great and should be allowed to prevail.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • And yet you are an artist, they aver,Heir to the crown of Michelangelo?

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • How could she aver that she did not mean to marry Mr. Ratcliffe?

  • I aver it and so will this lady here whom you have doubtless recognised for the one who has stirred this matter up.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
  • I am not apt to be confident, & I aver that the matter is so.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
British Dictionary definitions for aver


verb (transitive) avers, averring, averred
to state positively; assert
(law) to allege as a fact or prove to be true
Derived Forms
averment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French averer, from Medieval Latin advērāre, from Latin vērus true
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Word Origin and History for aver

late 14c., from Old French averer "verify," from Vulgar Latin *adverare "make true, prove to be true," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + verus "true" (see very). Related: Averred; averring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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