verb (used with object), a·verred, a·ver·ring.
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 EnglishRelated 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
< Middle French averer
< Medieval Latin advērāre,
equivalent to ad- ad-
(< Latin vērus
true) + -ā-
thematic vowel + -re
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Related Words for avercontend
Examples from the Web for aver
Historical Examples of aver
But I'll have to be doing as the doctor was saying—sending you to England aver.
But doth he aver that his people were used to plant fish with the corn?
It would hardly be correct to aver that I had got it even partly.
He may have the heart of a hero along with it; I aver nothing to the contrary.
I aver that the term is not at all applicable to the religious denominations in this country.
British Dictionary definitions for aver
verb avers, averring or averred (tr)
Derived Formsaverment, noun
to state positively; assert
law to allege as a fact or prove to be true
Word Origin for aver
C14: from Old French averer, from Medieval Latin advērāre, from Latin vērus true
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Word Origin and History for aver
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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