\ 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 And some aver that crime isn’t the problem at all, but the need for police reform is. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 But the good news, optimists aver, is that China's authoritarian political system enables swift and decisive action. Clay Chandler And Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2021 Our spies also aver that the virus wasn’t developed as a biological weapon and that Chinese officials weren’t aware of the virus before the initial outbreak. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 But the numbers and message in the Biden budget explain why that won’t be as easy politically as Fed officials aver. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 June 2021 The newspaper publisher and lexicographer Noah Webster averred that the pestilence emanated from the ash of a volcanic eruption in Sicily. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, 13 May 2020 The management avers that a 52-week season is no longer viable, and that the orchestra needs to reduce to a 40-week season to survive. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2019 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, 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, 14 June 2018 See More

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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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“Aver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aver. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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transitive verb
\ 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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