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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.

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

synonym study For aver

See maintain.

Other words from aver

  • mis·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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How to use aver in a sentence

  • Those who have heard them on the stump aver that they never heard better speakers.

    The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
  • They aver that "the good spirit" Moora-Moora made a number of small black lizards, liked them, and promised them dominion.

  • Men would say I spoke from spite, and perhaps some even might aver that I was myself the cause of my daughter's ruin.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant | Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • The aver-penny, or average-penny, was contributed towards the king's averages, or money given to be freed thereof.

  • The rustic aid-de-camps of the household used to aver that all fertilizing matters "leached" through it.

    A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

British Dictionary definitions for aver


/ (əˈvɜː) /

verbavers, averring or averred (tr)
  1. to state positively; assert

  2. law to allege as a fact or prove to be true

Origin of aver

C14: from Old French averer, from Medieval Latin advērāre, from Latin vērus true

Derived forms of aver

  • averment, noun

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