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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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Related Words

contendclaimpredicateaffirmverifyavouchproveinsistproclaimassertstateswearemphasizedeclarejustify

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Historical Examples

  • This he at first declined to do, averring that it was impossible to be elected.

    The Life Of Abraham Lincoln

    Ward H. Lamon

  • Averring that, in satisfaction of all tithes the customary annual sum of 20s.

  • All agree in averring that the souls of men, after death, pass into other bodies.

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

    Ladies on Horseback

    Nannie Lambert

  • What if they did unite, afterward, in averring that the break had been planned by Winwood?


British Dictionary definitions for averring

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 averring

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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