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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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  • And of what consequence was it whether those facts were averred or judicially noticed.

  • “I could not have had more consideration shown me,” she averred.

  • And yet, he averred that it was absolutely necessary that Captain Doughty should be put upon his trial.

    Under Drake's Flag G. A. Henty
  • “I am prepared for all emergencies, madam, certainly,” I averred with proper dignity.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Half of the nobility of Italy, she averred, were sighing—or busily doing sums—at the feet of the American heiress.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • I should accept it as such,” he averred—“whenever you choose to confer it.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • "There are lots of things you wouldn't dare say before everybody," averred Dora.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Grimaud averred that he had seen two persons, and that one of them was his master.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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