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1 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] [also: averring, averred]

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Etymology 1

From aveir (French avoir), substantive use of the verb, from habere.




  1. Possessions, property, belongings, wealth.
  2. A work-horse, working ox, or other beast of burden.

Etymology 2

From avérer, from *advērāre, from ad + vērus ‘true’.



  1. To assert the truth of, to affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner.
    • 1819 CE: Percy Shelley, Peter Bell the Third:
      The Devil, I safely can aver, / Has neither hoof, nor tail, nor sting.
    • 1997 Frederic W. and Roberta B. Case, Trilliums, ISBN 0-88192-374-5:
      Small (1933) avers T. simile to be deliciously fragrant, a quality we have not noticed in our plants.
  2. To prove or justify a plea.
  3. To avouch, prove, or verify; to offer to verify.
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Extensive Definition

Averia may also refer to:
  • Averia in Botany
  • Averia in Law:
It usually signified oxen or horses used for the plough, but in a general sense, any cattle. When mention was made of one animal, they said Quidam equus, or vel quidam Bos; but when two or more, they did not say Equi or Boves, but Averia.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acknowledge, affirm, allege, announce, annunciate, argue, assert, assever, asseverate, attest, avouch, avow, bear witness, certify, contend, declare, defend, depone, depose, disclose, enunciate, express, give evidence, have, hold, insist, issue a manifesto, justify, lay down, maintain, manifesto, nuncupate, predicate, proclaim, profess, pronounce, protest, put, put it, quote, recite, relate, say, set down, speak, speak out, speak up, stand for, stand on, state, submit, swear, testify, vouch, warrant, witness
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