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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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Examples from the Web for averred
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  • "I also am in some haste," she averred demurely, gathering up her hand-bag and umbrella.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • "He's a dandy if he catches Baumberger," Miss Georgie averred, gloomily.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • “But Mrs. Tresham may learn just as well by experience as by method,” he averred.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "She would," averred Barry stoutly, over the twinge of an inner qualm.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • That this assumption is just and wise is averred by some and denied by others.

  • "And I have much beaten him who took them," averred Aspinet complacently.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • And on my having to admit that I had not, he averred that he had.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Craig would be here before this if he knew what was going on,” averred Vittum.

British Dictionary definitions for averred


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 averred



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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