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aver

[uh-vur]
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verb (used with object), a·verred, a·ver·ring.
  1. to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
  2. Law. to allege as a fact.
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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 formsmis·a·ver, verb (used with object), mis·a·verred, mis·a·ver·ring.pre·a·ver, verb (used with object), pre·a·verred, pre·a·ver·ring.un·a·verred, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for preaver

aver

verb avers, averring or averred (tr)
  1. to state positively; assert
  2. law to allege as a fact or prove to be true
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Derived Formsaverment, 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 preaver

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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