Definition of aver
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 causeb : to allege or assert in pleading
Examples of aver in a Sentence
He averred that he was innocent.
“I am innocent,” he averred.
Recent Examples of aver from the Web
Porsche avers that the new GT2 RS will catapult to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and top out at an astronomical 211 mph.
German lore averred that two trees planted in front of the house of a newly married couple assured happiness and a locust, according to the Victorians, was symbolic of love beyond the grave.
Unconfirmed reports from Bloomberg aver that the Mercedes-Benz B-Class crossover vehicle, which is due for a makeover in 2011 or 2012, will finally make it to America.
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Did You Know?
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.
AVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aver for English Language Learners
: to say (something) in a very strong and definite way
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