aver

[uh-vur]

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 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

Synonym study

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


Examples from the Web for averred

Contemporary Examples of averred

Historical Examples of averred

  • "I also am in some haste," she averred demurely, gathering up her hand-bag and umbrella.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "He's a dandy if he catches Baumberger," Miss Georgie averred, gloomily.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • “But Mrs. Tresham may learn just as well by experience as by method,” he averred.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • "She would," averred Barry stoutly, over the twinge of an inner qualm.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • That this assumption is just and wise is averred by some and denied by others.


British Dictionary definitions for averred

aver

verb avers, averring or averred (tr)

to state positively; assert
law to allege as a fact or prove to be true
Derived Formsaverment, noun

Word Origin for aver

C14: from Old French averer, from Medieval Latin advērāre, from Latin vērus true
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for averred

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper