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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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  • The landlady was thus justified in averring that something had been done by somebody, albeit unable to point to anything specific.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • This he at first declined to do, averring that it was impossible to be elected.

  • Their adversaries denied it, averring that, as a class, they were "contented and happy."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • averring that, in satisfaction of all tithes the customary annual sum of 20s.

    The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt
  • averring that the problem was national in scope, he asserted the constitutional authority of Congress to solve it.

  • I think he is under a mistake in averring that there is any severity in the sheath spur.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
  • On their return, he bade her lie down on the sofa in her boudoir and rest, averring that she looked languid and unlike herself.

    Elsie's New Relations Martha Finley
  • What if they did unite, afterward, in averring that the break had been planned by Winwood?

  • Darnall answered, averring in his answer that he was a free man, and capable of conveying a good title.

  • He promised him safe-conduct, averring that he had other means of gaining fame than by killing a man like him.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
British Dictionary definitions for averring


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 averring



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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