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aver

[uh-vur] /əˈvɜr/
verb (used with object), averred, averring.
1.
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
2.
Law. to allege as a fact.
Origin of aver
1350-1400
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.
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Examples from the Web for aver
Historical Examples
  • But I'll have to be doing as the doctor was saying—sending you to England aver.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • But doth he aver that his people were used to plant fish with the corn?

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • It would hardly be correct to aver that I had got it even partly.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • He may have the heart of a hero along with it; I aver nothing to the contrary.

    Romola George Eliot
  • I aver that the term is not at all applicable to the religious denominations in this country.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Unless she was prepared to aver that there had been no breakdown, what was there to build on here?

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • "And I aver it is an open and avowed doubting of God's providence," chimed in the cook.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • There will be they who aver that truth is great and should be allowed to prevail.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • How could she aver that she did not mean to marry Mr. Ratcliffe?

  • I am not apt to be confident, & I aver that the matter is so.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
British Dictionary definitions for aver

aver

/əˈvɜː/
verb (transitive) avers, averring, averred
1.
to state positively; assert
2.
(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
v.

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.

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