aver

verb
\ ə-ˈvər How to pronounce aver (audio) \
averred; averring

Definition of aver

transitive verb

1 : to declare positively Mr. Murray avers that many large organizations in the private sector are run by curmudgeons like him …— Joseph Epstein
2 law
a : to verify or prove to be true in pleading a cause
b : to allege or assert in pleading

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Since aver contains the "truth" root, it basically means "confirm as true". You may aver anything that you're sure of. In legal situations, aver means to state positively as a fact; thus, Perry Mason's clients aver that they are innocent, while the district attorney avers the opposite. If you make such a statement while under oath, and it turns out that you lied, you may have committed the crime of perjury.

Examples of aver in a Sentence

He averred that he was innocent. “I am innocent,” he averred.
Recent Examples on the Web That premise would aver that the 1960s, one of the most turbulent and traumatic decades in this country’s recent history, ended on December 31, 1970. al, "The night the original punks came to Birmingham," 19 Nov. 2019 One cynical academic averred that politicians will always opt for showy handouts rather than unsexy long-term solutions, however inefficient that may be. The Economist, "Indian states are testing a new way of setting development priorities," 14 June 2018 Albert Einstein, the greatest nuclear physicist of the 20th century and an unlikely fashion muse, once averred. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "How to Make Plaid Look Rad This Season," 25 Dec. 2018 On the face of it, this would suggest that Floridians do not, as so many have averred, possess a unique brand of weirdness compared to the rest of the country. Chris Wilson, Time, "It Turns Out People From Florida Are Better at Guessing if a 'Florida Man' Story Really Happened in Florida," 24 July 2019 On the face of it, this would suggest that Floridians do not, as so many have averred, possess a unique brand of weirdness compared to the rest of the country. Chris Wilson, Time, "It Turns Out People From Florida Are Better at Guessing if a 'Florida Man' Story Really Happened in Florida," 24 July 2019 When Puccio left for the private sector a few months later, the Daily News reported that his former boss at the Justice Department, David Margolis, averred that Puccio could indeed get that proverbial ham-sandwich indictment. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Indict a Ham Sandwich’ Remains on the Menu for Judges, Prosecutors," 1 June 2018 Is the America so deeply divided between the powerful and the powerless as throughout his book Mr. Fraser avers? Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Class Matters’ Review: The American Dream as Nightmare," 22 Mar. 2018 The worst that could happen, the money masters averred, was that investors would be lulled into reckless investments, taking on too much risk in the belief that the dangers of the marketplace had been tamed. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Era of Easy Money Is Ending, and the World Is Bracing for Shocks," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of aver

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aver

Middle English averren, from Anglo-French averer, from Medieval Latin adverare to confirm as authentic, from Latin ad- + verus true — more at very entry 2

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The first known use of aver was in the 15th century

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14 Dec 2019

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“Aver.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/averred. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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aver

verb
How to pronounce aver (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aver

formal : to say (something) in a very strong and definite way
\ ə-ˈvər How to pronounce aver (audio) \
averred; averring

Legal Definition of aver

: to assert or declare positively especially in a pleading : allege not necessary to aver the capacity of a party to sueU.S. Code

Other Words from aver

averment noun

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