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▪ His mission, he would later aver, was wholly scientific.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Aver \A*ver"\ ([.a]*v[~e]r"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Averred ([.a]*v[~e]rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Averring.] [F. av['e]rer, LL. adverare, averare; L. ad + versus true. See Verity.]

  1. To assert, or prove, the truth of. [Obs.]

  2. (Law) To avouch or verify; to offer to verify; to prove or justify. See Averment.

  3. To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.

    It is sufficient that the very fact hath its foundation in truth, as I do seriously aver is the case.

    Then all averred I had killed the bird.

    Syn: To assert; affirm; asseverate. See Affirm.


Aver \A"ver\ ([=a]"v[~e]r), n. [OF. aver domestic animal, whence LL. averia, pl. cattle. See Habit, and cf. Average.] A work horse, or working ox. [Obs. or Dial. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) possessions, property, belongings, wealth. Etymology 2

vb. 1 to assert the truth of, to affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner. 2 (context legal English) To prove or justify a ple

  1. 3 (context obsolete English) To avouch, prove, or verify; to offer to verify. Etymology 3

    n. (context dialectal English) A work-horse, working ox, or other beast of burden.

  1. v. report or maintain; "He alleged that he was the victim of a crime"; "He said it was too late to intervene in the war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money" [syn: allege, say]

  2. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify, assert, avow, swan, swear]

  3. [also: averring, averred]

Usage examples of "aver".

Though Abigail had averred his invitation, she had offered to assuage his disappointment by seeing him off.

Dopo aver respirato fortemente per assicurarsi che viveva ancora, passatasi la mano sulla fronte.

Thomas of BecketDon Diegoalso just back from a trip of a personal nature, having to do, he solemnly averred, with the good of his souland a handful of bodyguards and servants, boarded one of the smaller ships of his personal fleet, sailed up to Hull, there borrowed horses from the resident royal garrison, and rode from there to York.

The very innovative Sir Pete was now working to formulate a decent shampoo, but had not yet gotten it to the production stage, he had averred when last he and Bass had talked.

To him Perry averred that his mother and brother, Joan and Richard Perry, had murdered Harrison!

Again, Lennox, on oath, averred that, as they rode to Perth, James told him the story of the lure, the pot of gold.

Once peace came, she averred, the price of property in England would rise steeply, which made it all the more sensible to sail home now and find a London house.

Lady Spindacre averred, not in front of the people the two friends intended to court.

The situation, he averred, need not be too damp for immortality, with due care.

She averred they were a mystery to herself, and that what she knew was chiefly from conjecture.

On their return, he bade her lie down on the sofa in her boudoir and rest, averring that she looked languid and unlike herself.

They were all men who lived with horses and professed to love them, though none knew how to bleed a horse for that was a job left to servants, but finally a Scottish major averred that he had a shrewd idea of how the thing was done, and so he was given the fleam and its hammer.

At these words my ill-temper boiled aver, and, in the tone of voice one uses to put down a puppy, I replied that the Republic of Venice was strong enough to do without the protection of France or of any other power, and that during the thirteen centuries of its existence it had had many friends and allies but no protectors.

Repubblica, che dopo aver violato infamemente il nostro territorio, impadronitasi per inganno del principale nostro porto di mare, attaccata proditoriamente la nostra capitale e ricevute delle meravigliose botte, gridava: al tradimento!

Venus must be unfitted to support human life, that where her surface is not unutterably hot it is unutterably cold, even though she be oxygenless, as they aver, yet the urge to live that is born with each of us compelled me to make the same preparations to land that I should have had I successfully reached my original goal, Mars.