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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

  • Although di Giovanni had longed to be a mother, she was “not a very natural” one, she avers.

    Of Love and War | Penelope Rowlands | October 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Most people would have termed this poetic rapture passing into lucidity, but our friend avers that it is the Enemy.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • I heard them both speak,' avers Mrs. Pratt, by way of settling the matter.

    Art in England | Dutton Cook
  • Crinagoras avers that even in life the initiate live secure, and in death are the happier.

  • In a few months she resolved to become a nun,--out of servile fear rather than love, as she avers.

  • Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water.

    The Devil's Dictionary | Ambrose Bierce

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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